Giants running back Saquon Barkley revealed a challenge he received from Patriots veteran quarterback Tom Brady earlier this offseason, which he said made him feel “ready to run through a brick wall.”
Brady congratulated Barkley for his standout rookie season, where he rushed for 1,307 yards and had 721 receiving with a total of 15 touchdowns after he was selected with the second overall pick of the 2018 draft. He also was named the 2018 NFL Rookie of the Year, beating out Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who was the top pick in Barkley’s draft class.
But Barkley said the six-time Super Bowl champion had a challenge for him.
“It’s great to do it for one season, but can you do it for five? Can you do it for 10?” Barkley recalled (via NJ.com). “I’m standing there at the Met Gala ready to run through a brick wall.”
At 42 years old, Brady is entering his 20th season with the Patriots. Barkley, on the other hand, is 20 years younger than Brady and preparing to start just his second season in the league.
The running back explained how much the veteran’s advice meant to him, and said “sometimes you take it for granted.”
“To able to talk to legends that you’ve been watching for a very long time? Every day I talk to one with Eli [Manning]. You don’t really take the time to cherish it. You are so caught up in the moment. Sometimes, you have to take a step back,” Barkley said.
The Giants and Patriots will play against each other in their final preseason game Thursday, though it’s unlikely Barkley and Brady will play as teams tend to rest its starters during exhibition games.
The two will meet again in Week 6 of the regular season.