NEW YORK, July 20 (UPI) -- When Josh Norman signed with Washington, it didn't take fans to realize he would be facing New York Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. at least twice each year.
The matchup between star wide receiver and cornerback sparked controversy last season when Norman and Beckham Jr. got into a fight on the field when the Carolina Panthers faced the New York Giants. The tussles resulted in a fine for Norman and one-game suspension for Beckham Jr.
Beckham Jr. has scored 25 touchdowns in his first 27 NFL games. Norman rose to prominence last season as a shutdown cornerback for the Panthers. But Beckham Jr. doesn't think Norman's play, alone, put him on the pedestal.
"It goes back to what I was saying," Beckham told GQ. "If I wasn't playing him twice a year, maybe people wouldn't bring it up as much. But now it'll be a lot more media attention for him, attention that I don't really look for, attention that I don't need. The reason he's become so relevant is because of me."
That boy should thank me for all I've done for you !!! Your welcome tho ... Lol— Odell Beckham Jr (@OBJ_3) March 25, 2016
Norman signed a five-year, $75 million deal with Washington this offseason. Beckham Jr.'s full interview with GQ will hit newsstands in August.
In March, Beckham Jr. tweeted: "that boy should thank men for all I've done for you!!! Your welcome tho...lol." Norman responded less than one hour later, tweeting: "@OBJ_3, as your boy @Drake would say "trigger finger turn to Twitter finger's" huh? I'm not guna sub Tweet you Ima @ You. So wassup?"
The Giants face Washington on Sept. 25 and Jan. 1.