Saquon Barkley
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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is motivated by his appearance at his inaugural Super Bowl week as a pro.

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley put up incredible statistics and raked in the awards this year. In his rookie season, Barkley rushed for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also caught 91 passes for 721 yards and four scores through the air. His 2,028 yards from scrimmage led the NFL, and led to him receiving numerous awards. These accolades included Pepsi Rookie of the Year, AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, and FedEx Ground Player of the Year.

However, stats and awards aside, there’s one goal for every NFL player, and that’s a Super Bowl title. And Barkley is aware of that.

Earlier this week at the site of the Super Bowl in Atlanta, GA, Barkley spoke about how his appearance at the Big Game motivates him to one day return there in uniform.

“It gets you motivated,” Barkley told Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “Just watching the playoffs. You see teams that you played against or you see teams that are having a lot of success just watching the games. You can envision yourself being there. That is the goal. You work hard in the offseason and you push yourself and your teammates to get to this point. Obviously it is a long road, and it is not going to be easy. We still have a lot of figuring out to do, but that is what it takes. Everyone wants to be in this moment and at this game.”

Having been interviewed on numerous stations on radio row, Barkley was simply a hit this week at the Super Bowl. Barkley also helped feed the homeless at his appearance at the Missions for Ministry event. The idea of only being at Super Bowl week unless you’re playing in it seems silly to Barkley.

“I think the people that say they aren’t going to be there unless they are actually in there is a little over-dramatic,” Barkley said. “For me to not come out here would just be idiotic, in my opinion.”

Hopefully Big Blue is able to put the pieces together soon. It may only be a few years until Barkley gets the chance to play for a title. But then again, we can only wait and see.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.