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Josh Norman responds to Beckham: ‘He’s relevant because of a catch’

Josh Norman had some choice words for Odell Beckham Jr. on Thursday night.
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Giants wideout Odell Beckham Jr. thinks he made Redskins cornerback Josh Norman relevant, but Norman shared his own opinion on a triviality he thinks brought Beckham into the spotlight.

“He’s relevant because of a catch,” Norman told the New York Daily News on Thursday night, referring to Beckham’s famous one-handed catch in 2014. “But we’re not going to go there. I’m not into the war of words.” 

In the August issue of GQ, Beckham references his infamous matchup with Norman last season, which included multiple on-field physical altercations and resulted in a fine for Norman and a one-game suspension for Beckham. Beckham claims his involvement in the matchup drew more attention to the former Panthers corner than Norman could have garnered on his own.

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When SI Now’s Maggie Gray asked Norman about facing Beckham for the first time of the 2016 season, Norman shrugged it off, but delivered a message seemingly aimed at Beckham.

“It don’t matter to me,” Norman said. “Only thing I know is Sept. 25 will be here before you know it. When that does happen, you know, salutes. But for some people, time for honoring themselves will soon be at an end, and that day is coming close.”

Gray pointed out the contradiction between Norman saying he isn’t taking the rivalry personally, yet has the date of their first matchup circled on his calendar. 

“And he better, too,” Norman said before looking into the camera as if to address Beckham, “And you better, too.”

The Giants will host the Redskins in Week 3 on Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. ET.