Tyke Tolbert once held a baby Odell Beckham Jr. in his arms, and now he’ll be coaching Beckham as the Giants’ new wide receivers coach.
Tolbert, 50, who played wide receiver at LSU long before Beckham starred for the Tigers, has improbable connections to both Beckham and Sterling Shepard, in fact, that go back a long way.
“I played college ball with Odell’s dad (Odell Beckham Sr.) at LSU, and I went to school with his mom, Heather, at LSU,” Tolbert told The Courier of Montgomery County, the newspaper of his hometown of Conroe, Texas, on Wednesday. “I told Odell when he was born, I held him as a baby outside of our dorm at LSU.”
Not only that: Tolbert also knew Shepard’s late father, Derrick, from his visit to Oklahoma.
“When I left Conroe High School, I took some official visits before I decided I was going to LSU,” Tolbert told The Courier. “One of my official visits was the University of Oklahoma, and when I went there, his dad, Derrick Shepard, was my host. He showed me around the University of Oklahoma the whole weekend.”
Tolbert has coached the Denver Broncos’ wide receivers the past seven years, winning Super Bowl 50 in the process and developing stud wideouts Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
He told The Courier he’s looking forward now, though, to joining Pat Shurmur’s Giants staff.
“I’m extremely excited about it,” Tolbert said. “I’ve been coaching in the NFL for 15 years, and all the people that I’ve met that have worked for the New York Giants have always told me, ‘If you ever have the chance to work for the New York Giants, go do it. It’s a top-flight, top-class organization, and you and your family would love it there.’ That’s why when the opportunity came up for me there, I jumped at it.”
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