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Odell Beckham Jr. reveals he nearly retired in 2017 due to injury

A recent trend in the NFL has seen players retiring early, and the Browns’ biggest playmaker on offense nearly did exactly that in the past.

Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been in the league six seasons, and apparently, he mulled retiring somewhere around his midway mark.

OBJ suffered an ankle injury that caused him to miss the majority of the 2017 season, and, apparently, he even considered retiring during that time as a result, which he revealed on “The Bigger Picture,” in speaking with Cam Newton, Todd Gurley and Victor Cruz.

“I said this in college, I said, ‘I fear the day that they make this game a business and not what I love,'”¬†Beckham said. “And when I seen that for the first time after breaking my ankle, like I thought about not playing no more, like this is not really it for me because they’ve ruined the game of football for me a little bit.”

He continued:

“I struggled to deal with that,” he said. “Depression, mental health issues, being in New York, not really liking it.”