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Odell Beckham Jr. thanks N.Y. Giants for allowing him to do 'what God put me on this earth to do'

Odell Beckham Jr. posted a message on his Instagram page Thursday thanking the New York Giants front office and the team’s fans for his time there. The post came two days after the Cleveland Browns sent shock waves through the NFL landscape by acquiring the star wide receiver for this year’s first- and third-round picks, and safety Jabrill Peppers.

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So many mixed emotions and feelings. This is all, a lot to process but it is reality. I don’t kno exactly what to say so just gotta keep it real and short. I want to thank the NY giants organization for giving me an opportunity to do what God put me on this earth to do , I want to thank the organization and the owners for everything and especially giving me my first chance to be a part of the NFL. I want thank everyone in that building from the kitchen staff to my main man Jośe! I loved you guys dearly and always will. I gave u my all every Sunday. To the fans, some happy , some not, I just wanna thank u guys for making my experience in NY SOMETHIN ILL NEVER FORGET! To the New Yorkers and REAL NYG fans… you guys will always have a place in my heart, a beautiful city .. a beautiful place Thank You for every last moment and experience. Without them, I wouldn’t be exactly who I am today ! LUV ❤️ ✊🏾

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“I want to thank the NY giants organization for giving me an opportunity to do what God put me on this earth to do,” the three-time Pro Bowler said. “I want to thank the organization and the owners for everything and especially giving me my first chance to be a part of the NFL.”

Beckham’s post went on to say that he will never forget his time in New York. He credits the city, the franchise and the fans with helping shape him into the person he has become.

“You guys,” he said, “will always have a place in my heart.”

The summer of 2018 also appeared to have a large impact on Beckham, who traveled to the Holy Land of Jerusalem. He was baptized in the Jordan River, the same river Jesus was baptized in, and through a series of Instagram posts, he spoke of that time in his life being one of fresh starts. He utilized the hashtag #ImForgiven and thanked God for the life he had.

Later that summer, Beckham signed a five-year, $95 million contract extension with the Giants.

“Most importantly, I have to thank God for being able to put me back together mentally, physically, spiritually,” Beckham said after the signing. “This is just truly amazing; I don’t even know the right words to describe.”

Beckham, who played his college ball at LSU, was drafted in 2014 by the Giants with the 12th overall pick, and rocketed to stardom after a series of incredible catches. Only 26, Beckham will now be paired with quarterback Baker Mayfield, running back Nick Chubb and receiver Jarvis Landry to form the core of a talented, young offense poised to make some noise in the AFC. The Browns haven’t had a winning season since 2007 and haven’t made the playoffs since 2002. But with seven wins a year ago and the acquisition of Beckham, there is reason for optimism in Cleveland.

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