Jimmie Ward: I’ve been waiting a long time to hit Odell Beckham

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The Rams tried to get their newest wide receiver, Odell Beckham, a big game early Monday night, but instead 49ers safety Jimmie Ward intercepted the Matthew Stafford deep ball intended for Beckham just two minutes inside the match. Afterwards, Ward said Beckham is a player he enjoys competing against and beating.

“I was just thinking about how Odell came and hit me. How I’ll have to pay him back the next time I see him. I’ve been waiting a long time to hit him, so hopefully I can catch him,” Ward said.

Ward had an excellent game for the 49ers Monday night, intercepting that pass and then intercepting a Stafford pass on the Rams’ next possession, returning the 27-yard line for a touchdown.

The 30-year-old Ward is in the midst of his eighth season with the 49ers, but he had only two interceptions in his career heading into Monday night. His two interceptions in the first quarter set the tone in a game dominated by the 49ers.

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