Odell Beckham Jr. says NFL players deserve more money

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. told the Huffington Post that thinks NFL players should make more money.
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. thinks NFL players should make more money​, he told theHuffington Post.

Forbes reported in January that the average salary for NFL players during the 2013 season was $2 million, below that of players in the NHL ($2.58 million), MLB ($3.82 million) and NBA ($4.9 million).

Beckham was named the league's offensive rookie of the year after catching 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.

The 22-year-old made what many observers believe is one of the greatest in-game catches ever against the Dallas Cowboys in November.

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It was announced last week that Beckham will grace the cover of the video game Madden 2016.

Beckham argued that NFL players are under-compensated because of the violent nature of the sport. Contracts for NFL players typically are not fully guaranteed.

From the Post:

I understand that basketball plays 80-something games, baseball plays this many games, soccer plays that many games, but this is a sport that’s most-watched in America. A sport where there’s more injuries. There’s more collisions.

It’s not even a full-contact sport, I would call it a full-collision sport. You have people running who can run 20 miles per hour and they’re running downhill to hit you, and you’re running 18 miles per hour. That’s a car wreck.

It’s just the careers are shorter. There’s injuries that you have after you leave the game, brain injuries, whatever it is, nerve injuries. And it’s just something that I feel as if there’s no way someone who -- even if they did their three or four years in the league -- should have to worry about money for the rest of their lives.

Beckham signed a four-year, $10.4 million contract after being selected with the No. 12 pick in last year's draft.