Between a devastating injury, reaching the top of the sports world, fatherhood and surgery, it was certainly a rollercoaster of emotions in a matter of days for Odell Beckham Jr.
The 29-year-old Los Angeles Rams star catcher welcomed his first child – a boy – with fitness model girlfriend Lauren Wood just four days after his team won Super Bowl LVI.
He took to Instagram on Thursday morning to share footage of him cuddling the new bundle of joy, who they named Zydn, and stunning the 28-year-old.
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‘THE greatest blessing’: Odell Beckham Jr. welcomed his first child – a boy – with fitness model girlfriend Lauren Wood just four days after his team won Super Bowl LVI
As Odell tore his ACL in the big game on February 13, he had his knee surgically repaired and revealed it was a success as one of the images saw him with a completely bandaged left leg with a splint.
The star player – nicknamed OBJ – gave a lengthy life update to his nearly 16 million followers as he gushed about his child and girlfriend: ‘2-17-22, 0605. LA more greatest blessing that I have ever had in my life has arrived here on earth! The words, I can’t even put them together for the overwhelming emotions that went through me…a moment I will never forget and cherish forever.
“Zydn was born then, I knew my life had changed for the better. Lauren Wood, you changed my life forever and gave me the greatest gift… EFFORTLESS! Your strength throughout this gives me the courage to keep going because I know now that with you by my side and holding it for me, I can go through anything. I love you so much.’
‘Lauren Wood, you changed my life forever and gave the greatest gift of all…’: The 29-year-old star player – nicknamed OBJ – gave a lengthy life update to his nearly 16million of followers as he gushed about his child and girlfriend, as seen in February 2020
‘I know there’s a purpose to all of this’: As Odell tore his ACL in the big game on February 13, he had his knee surgically repaired and revealed it was a success as one of the images saw him with a completely bandaged left leg complete with reinforcement
He began the caption by detailing what it felt like to tear your knee in the Super Bowl: “Man man man. Where do I start? It’s as real as it gets. This past week has been a week that I really couldn’t never forget.I had never been so prepared and focused for a match in my life, I was ready to go nuclear and play at the highest level I have ever had in my career.
“I knew it and I felt it in my soul, I was in my biggest bag and nothing was going to stop me. I really mean that!! I was on. Driven, determined and with my eyes set on a goal that I promised myself and this team from the moment I decided to be LA Ram.
‘Safe to say these were my plans and not gods. I know there is a purpose to all of this and it may seem like this journey is coming to an end, but it is really just a door opening to a new beginning. Begin, as WORLD CHAMPION.’
He later revealed that he underwent successful surgery on his ACL on Tuesday.
Ouch: OBJ is seen shortly after tearing his ACL during Super BOWL LVI as his team, the Los Angeles Rams, later beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 23-20
Odell concluded the post by writing, “And so the journey continues; 2-22-22; the stars are all aligned; the surgery was a success. As I’ve said all along “IT HAS BEEN WRITTEN.” I just stick to the script and see where God will take me. Honestly, I’ve been through so much to get to where I am. I dug deep and learned a lot about myself along the way. If there’s one thing I can take away from all the hard work and growth, it’s that I AM as resilient as I can be.
“Too much heart not to continue to walk in faith! Lol I know you’re probably tired of hearing me say that every year now “it’s my year” BUT I WILL BE BACK!!! You better believe I’ll be back, and I’ll be back better than ever. I want to say that Shxt from the bottom of my heart. Filled with LOVE and gratitude. I want to thank you all for the love and support, this is not the end; but only the beginning of everything I’ve always dreamed of. LUV
‘And so the journey continues; 2-22-22; the stars are all aligned; the surgery was a success’: He later revealed he underwent successful surgery on his ACL on Tuesday
In November, it was revealed that Odell and Lauren were expecting their first child together.
Lauren revealed the news on her Instagram at the time, showing photos of herself with the former New York Giants player.
The model showed off her burgeoning baby bump in the photo, with Odell cradling her belly from behind.
Sweet: In November, it was revealed that Odell and Lauren were expecting their first child together, as she gave him a lucky kiss before the Super Bowl in Inglewood, California on February 13.
He has yet to post any news himself, and the couple remain fiercely private when it comes to their relationship.
Not much is known about their romance, but in 2019 Lauren posted a gushing tribute to the sports star on her birthday on her Instagram.
‘Happy birthday @obj! Your soul is pure gold. You know I can write a lot about you but I’d rather keep passing on these love letters,’ she wrote, adding, ‘PS this blur will always be my favorite pic of us cause wtf keep it up lol.’
The couple made their red carpet debut at Vanity Fair’s glitzy Oscars party in February 2020, with Odell looking suave in a white suit and Lauren stunning in satin.
It’s been a busy time for the player who played his first game for the Rams last week.
His girlfriend Lauren has been spotted at some of his matches cheering on her beau.
Low-key: He has yet to post any news himself, and the couple remain fiercely private when it comes to their relationship