An open letter to New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Re: Water

Beckham says he “doesn’t like water.” We make the case why he should.

November 2, 2018 | By: Steve Snyder

Dear Mr. Beckham,

I’m sorry to bother you during your season, particularly since your New York Giants team has only one win in its first eight games of 2018.

New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. recently said he doesn't like water. That can be problematic for an elite athlete who needs to stay hydrated.
New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. recently said he doesn’t like water. That can be problematic for an elite athlete who needs to stay hydrated. (Photo by Erik Drost of Wikimedia Commons.)

But I came across a rather odd comment you made in mid-October about not liking water. And, since I work at Denver Water, I feel compelled to defend our product.

Plus, writing letters to celebrities regarding water issues is kind of my schtick now. Just ask Jay Z and Beyoncé.

Regarding your thoughts on water, you recently had this to say to reporters gathered in the locker room:

“I really don’t like water. I’m trying. I really just don’t like it.”

This appears to be rich with irony, given you left two games this season with what your coach said was muscle cramping, which can be caused by — you guessed it — a lack of water.

So why the hate for H2O, OBJ?

“You know when you get that stomach feeling, it’s all slushy,” Beckham explained during the locker room interview. “I’m trying to stay hydrated but sometimes I got to get an IV; it’s just necessary.”

Intravenous fluids can be a good source of hydration, although elite athletes certainly have more access to that type of amenity than the everyday person (although “Rent-a-drip” IV lounges appear to be the latest thing among some crowds). But for a quick, simple, affordable hydration option, it’s hard to beat water.

So Odell (Can I call you Odell? I feel like we’re making a connection.), here are a few thoughts to make your water-drinking experience better:

  • Monitor your water intake. If you have a “slushy” feeling in your stomach, perhaps you’re drinking too much water too quickly (or you’re indulging in a few too many Sonic Slushes). And it is possible to drink too much water. There are many variables when it comes to how much is the right amount of water to drink for a typical person, but the Mayo Clinic suggests eight, 8-ounce glasses of water per day. However, if you want to step your game up Odell, try matching the 100 ounces per day that some Denver Water employees managed during a recent challenge as part of our wellness program.
  • Be careful of water substitutes. Water has zero calories, zero sugar and very low sodium. Sports drinks, in general, have more calories, sodium levels and sugar. Sports drinks in moderation may be fine for the weekend warrior, but if you want to keep making unbelievable catches like your signature grab from 2014, you’ll want every edge you can get. Players on one of our local high school football teams already made the switch from sports drinks to water.
  • Consider moving to Denver. I don’t mean to brag, but customers regularly tell us our water tastes great. Even a former New York Giants player, Michael Strahan, tasted our water on his show “Live with Kelly and Michael” after Rodale’s Organic Life said we had some of the best tasting water in the country. Maybe consider a summer home here?

I do hope this information helps improve your outlook on water. If I could boil it all down for you (see what I did there), I would simply say this:

When it comes to water, don’t hate. Appreciate. And then hydrate!

Good luck the rest of the season. Stay healthy and hydrated.

Yours in football,

Steve Snyder

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