Stephen Baker was a wide receiver for the New York Giants from 1987 to 1992. In six NFL seasons, he caught 141 balls for 2,587 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also won a Super Bowl with the Giants and was known as “The Touchdown Maker.”
And he never acted like Odell Beckham Jr.
“I’m from the old school,”Baker said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “The game was a lot different and we policed ourselves on the sideline. If I did some of the antics that he does – Harry Carson, Lawrence Taylor, Pepper Johnson – one of those guys would have got up in my face and gotten me right back on track. But having said that, (Beckham) is a great athlete and a game-breaker. He’s just got to learn to control his emotions. His emotions could potentially cost us a game or two.”
Beckham whined early and often this season before finally coming alive this past Sunday. The two-time Pro Bowler had eight catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns against Baltimore, including the game-winning 66-yard touchdown with less than two minutes to go.
It was a great play.
Unfortunately, Beckham celebrated by removing his helmet, which everyone knows is an automatic 15-yard penalty.
“I understand why he probably took his helmet off,” Baker said. “That was a very exciting play. I was there live when he scored the touchdown. Everybody was cheering, and I’m looking at the flags on the field – because if you watch enough games, you know there was plenty enough time on the clock. They were going to get great field position and Flacco is no bum at quarterback.”
In the end, the Giants held on for a 27-23 win to snap a three-game skid.
“Hopefully (Beckham) gets it together so eventually it doesn’t cost us a game or two,” Baker said.
The Giants (3-3) play the Rams (3-3) in London this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. ET.