Odell Beckham’s 1995 Cleveland Browns throwback: Cryptic or cool?

Cleveland Browns Odell Beckham (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Cleveland Browns Odell Beckham (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham didn’t play this preseason, but the veteran wideout still knows how to command attention, even when he’s not in uniform.

While warming up, Beckham was photographed wearing a T-shirt right out of f1995, featuring Vinny Testaverde, Andre Rison and center Steve Everitt.

He was chatting up former NFL defensive back Rodney Harrison.

Every fan has their favorite piece of gear from the past they love to bust out, so it’s cool Beckham went vintage, but obviously the ’95 shirt was an unusual choice.

That team came into the season as Super Bowl contenders, but then was derailed by ownership’s decision to move the franchise to Baltimore.

Then owner Art Modell reportedly had to take out a loan to sign Rison, who is regarded as one of the worst free-agent signing in the history of football. In his lone season with the Browns, Rison recorded a then career low 47 catches for 701 yards and three scores.

Testaverde was fresh off leading the Browns to playoff win in 1994.

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Everitt’s the biggest fan favorite on the shirt. The center missed playing in Cleveland and would notably wear a Browns bandana under his helmet after the team moved to Baltimore.

Everett played collegiately at Michigan, but you wouldn’t have known it. He was everything Browns fans were about and proved that after his time wearing an orange helmet. He gets Brown for life status.

So, there you go. OBJ sending cryptic message using another receiver who was constantly under scrutiny from a season we’d all like to forget, or maybe he just thought it was cool.

Hopefully, we’ll get to see Beckham on the field soon. Unsurprisingly, he didn’t play in the preseason after tearing his ACL against Cincinnati last October. It’s such a serious injury that even when Beckham was burning on it a treadmill in the offseason, I wondered if his comeback was really happening as quickly as the media was writing/talking about.

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That said, we’ve all been led to believe he’ll be ready to start the season come Week 1, so we’ll just have to see if he’s there.