New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. says that wearing gloves helps him make catches like the incredible one he made during Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys, Newsday's Tom Rock reports.
Beckham Jr. wore red and white XXL Nike Vapor Jet 3.0 gloves during the game and was asked if they aid him in any way while trying to make catches. "The gloves definitely do help," Beckham said to Newsday. "It's part of the game, part of football. You can wear gloves. I don't think it's against the rules. But they definitely do help."
The NFL prohibits players from wearing any sticky substances that can help them catch the ball, like Stickum, which was banned by the league more than three decades ago.
Nike used Beckham and other NFL receivers in a focus group to help give them a critique on what does or does not make the gloves effective. "In college we did a lot with testing their gear," Beckham said. "I don't know if I helped them design the glove but I definitely told them they were some of my favorites that they make. They're a tight fit, they feel very light and a part of your hand."
While the catch against the Cowboys is considered one of the greatest in NFL history, Beckham said he didn't know if he could have made the play without help from the gloves. "I'd have to be put in that situation again. And who knows?"
Beckham has 41 catches for 609 yards and five touchdowns this season for the Giants (3-8), who have lost six games in a row.
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