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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 17: Jarvis Landry #14 of the Miami Dolphins scores a touchdown against the New York Jets during the third quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on December 17, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Jarvis Landry Beats Out Odell Beckham Jr., Alex Smith In Pro Bowl Skills Great Hands Challenge

The Pro Bowl Skills Showdown contains many different types of competitions designed to test NFL players’ abilities.

Jarvis Landry Beats Out Odell Beckham Jr., Alex Smith In Pro Bowl Skills Great Hands Challenge

One such entertaining competition is the Great Hands challenge, where drones drop footballs from different heights and distances up to 100 feet in the air. For a moment, it seemed Odell Beckham Jr. was going to win the contest after recording a great time.

However, the New York Giants wideout’s former LSU teammate, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landrybeat his time by just 0.2 seconds.

Landry was evidently happy and celebrated by spiking the football on the field, but was blind-sided by Beckham, who rushed in to tackle him jokingly. Landry also beat out Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. 

Watch the highlights of the challenge here:

Beckham hasn’t spoken out much since the Giants’ loss to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC wild-card round game nearly three weeks ago, but he did recently explain why he has remained silent. It’s for an unsurprising reason almost any other major athlete would stay quiet: He doesn’t take losing well, at football or anything else for that matter.

“I hate losing,” Beckham told ESPN on Thursday after the NFC’s Pro Bowl practice regarding his team’s 38-13 playoff loss. “Whether it’s marbles, spades, blackjack, whatever it is.”

Beckham had a pair of dropped passes in the first quarter against Green Bay and recorded just 28 receiving yards– the second-fewest of his career– and was visibly frustrated after the game.

“You learn from it, you grow, you move on,” Beckham told ESPN. “That’s life. Life stuff happens. You get knocked down and you get back up. That’s just always been my mentality. I’m not really fazed by anything. It’s in the past. There’s nothing I can really do about it now.”

In his three seasons in the NFL, Beckham has gained a reputation as a hot-tempered player prone to starting arguments with opponents and officials. He also punched a hole in a wall outside the visitor’s locker room at Lambeau Field following the Giants’ last defeat, sources told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, who also saw Beckham banging his head against a door. Beckham hasn’t admitted to or discussed either incident.

During Pro Bowl week, Beckham has been one of the biggest attractions among fans, especially young children, who have eagerly requested autographs.

He has also been relying on Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant for advice, and has returned the favor for his counterpart, who is four years older than him.

“I think we do the same for each other,” Beckham said. “We’re always giving advice. I could probably look back in my texts and there were times when stuff’s going down and I’ll be like, ‘Let’s try and do this and be better at this.’ We’re always a work in progress.

“As you get older, you grow and mature and that should never stop. As soon as you stop growing, you’re done living. I’ll always be growing, forever learning, forever taking in advice from people I deeply respect.”

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 17: Jarvis Landry #14 of the Miami Dolphins scores a touchdown against the New York Jets during the third quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on December 17, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

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