Saquon Rasul Quevis Barkley, born February 9, 1997, is an American football running back for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL).
Barkley played college football at Penn State, where he established multiple all-time school records for offensive performance over three seasons before foregoing his senior year to enter the NFL in 2018.
Early life and Education
Saquon Barkley was born in The Bronx, New York City, on February 9, 1997.
He grew up in Coplay, Pennsylvania, and went to Whitehall High School, where he ran track and played football.
Barkley’s football success drew him to Penn State University, where he played running back for the Nittany Lions from 2015 to 2017.
Barkley set multiple records and received numerous awards during his time at Penn State, including the Paul Hornung Trophy, the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year title, and consensus All-American honors.
In 2016, he also guided the Nittany Lions to the Big Ten Championship.
Barkley declared for the 2018 NFL Draft after his junior year at Penn State and was taken second overall by the New York Giants.
Saquon Barkley’s professional football career began in 2018 when the New York Giants selected him second overall in the NFL Draft.
In his rookie season, he rapidly established himself as one of the league’s most entertaining and dynamic players, receiving Rookie of the Year honors and a Pro Bowl selection.
Barkley rushed for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns in his first season, while also catching 91 receptions for 721 yards and four scores.
He established a slew of franchise and league milestones, including the most receptions by a rookie running back in NFL history.
Injuries restricted Barkley’s performance in his second and third seasons, but he remained an important component of the Giants’ offense and demonstrated his remarkable talent and versatility.
He returned in 2021, rushing for 593 yards and four touchdowns in nine games before sustaining another injury.
Altogether, Barkley has 2,935 running yards, 16 rushing touchdowns, 244 receptions for 1,956 receiving yards, and six receiving touchdowns through the end of the 2021 season.
Saquon Barkley is notorious for keeping his personal life quiet, but there are a few aspects that are public knowledge.
Jada Clare Barkley, Barkley’s daughter, was born in April 2018.
He routinely posts images of her on social media and has spoken about how becoming a father has altered his outlook on life and sport.
Barkley is also well-known for his charitable endeavors.
He has volunteered for organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Special Olympics.
He has founded his own charity, the Saquon Barkley Family Foundation, to help needy children and families.
Barkley has sought a career in acting in addition to his humanitarian efforts.
He has starred in advertisements and television productions, including a cameo in HBO’s “Ballers.”