Contact Us
Hackensack Daily Voice serves Hackensack, Maywood, Rochelle Park & South Hackensack
Return to your home site

Menu

Hackensack Daily Voice serves Hackensack, Maywood, Rochelle Park & South Hackensack

Nearby Towns

Breaking News: UPDATE: DWI Driver Jailed In Route 4 Rollover Crash
sports

WATCH: OBJ Wins Over Bergen County Jets Fan With Pre-Game Catch

OBJ plays catch with Cole Perrapato of Washington Township, despite him being a NY Jets fan.
OBJ plays catch with Cole Perrapato of Washington Township, despite him being a NY Jets fan. Video Credit: NY GIANTS
Beckham helps Cole stand up after tripping over the ball. Photo Credit: NY GIANTS

A video of New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. playing catch with a 3-year-old Jets fan from Bergen County is making its way around the world.

Cole Perrapato and his Washington Township family were on the field at MetLife Stadium during warm-ups before Friday night's 22-16 Giants pre-season win.

Cole began dancing near the end zone when his father, Matthew, noticed Beckham waving at the toddler.

OBJ threw the ball from 10 feet away, but Cole dropped and then tripped over it. Beckham ran over, lifted him up and tried again.

The crowd went wild.

"I was always lukewarm toward Odell," said the elder Perrapato, a Hasbrouck Heights native and principal of Roosevelt Elementary School in Ridgefield Park. "But that night he won me over.

"He took it upon himself to come over and have a catch with my son. He couldn't have been nicer."

The Giants posted the video on Facebook, where it garnered more than 104,000 views and 1,000 shares as of Saturday morning.

Perrapato's father-in-law -- a lifelong Giants fan -- died four years ago. He and his wife's side of the family have long had a friendly rivalry going over the teams and attended Friday night's pre-season "Snoopy Bowl" together.

"This time, they won the leg of the battle," Perrapato said. "I'll be quietly rooting for the Giants as well."

As for Cole? He's just happy to have played a game of catch with "the best player in the world," his father said.

to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.

Welcome to

Hackensack Daily Voice!

Serves Hackensack, Maywood, Rochelle Park & South Hackensack

Get the news you need to know on the go.

Welcome to

Hackensack Daily Voice!

Serves Hackensack, Maywood, Rochelle Park & South Hackensack

Hi! You've read our articles so we know you like our reporting. To keep reading please join our mailing list.

Get important news about your town as it happens.