Legendary Hall of Fame RB Emmitt Smith says New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley reminds him of Barry Sanders.
Smith had nothing but praise for the young Barkley.
“He has a hell of a future in the NFL,” Smith said. “I’m just proud to see what kind of humbleness he has. The ability to reach out and talk the wisdom, to try to understand some of the things that people such as myself and guys that have been there were able to do, I appreciate that out of a young player.”
The Giants made the right selection when they picked Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Barkley piled up 1,307 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns this past year. He also caught 91 passes for 721 yards and four scores through the air.
His 2,028 yards from scrimmage led the NFL and his 91 receptions broke a rookie running back record. The previous record was set by former RB Reggie Bush when he had 88 receptions in 2006.
Smith also noted that Barkley reminds him of another legendary Hall of Fame back.
“If there was one that I’d say he reminds me of,” Smith said, “it might be Barry Sanders.”
Barkley has a very bright future in the pros. This past rookie year was only the beginning for the Pro Bowl back.