PHOENIX — Those who cheer for both the New Orleans Saints and LSU have likely let their minds wander about what it would be like for Drew Brees to throw passes to Odell Beckham Jr.
On Thursday, that dream was realized. Sort of.
On an ESPN set located in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Saints quarterback helped the Giants rookie wide receiver — a Newman High graduate — set a Guiness World Record for the most one-handed catches in a minute.
The previous record was nine one-handed catches. The duo combined for 33, and likely would have had more if an assistant would not have been slow getting Brees additional football to throw.
Beckham caught each pass thrown to him, which came from 10 yards away. The receiver had to fully control the ball with one hand before bringing it to his body for it to count.
After the minute ended, both Beckham and Brees were presented with framed certificates from Guiness.
Beckham had 91 catches for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games during his rookie season last year. He became a fixture on highlight shows for making spectacular one-handed catches.
Speaking with ESPN, he said he was not completely surprised by his season.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “I just know I set my expectations high and shoot for the stars.”
Brees passed for 4,952 yards, 33 touchdowns and 17 interceptions last year. The Saints finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs after entering the season with Super Bowl aspirations.
“I’m excited for the guys we have and for the offseason,” Brees said. “Last season we were inconsistent. We got away from the things that have been part of our base program since 2006. I’m excited to get back to work.”
Brees and Beckham set the record to promote Visa Checkout.
Adovate sports columnist Scott Rabalais contributed to this report.