Saquon Barkley has a strong message for his many critics that have been down on him because of so many injuries.
“Last year was more like, ‘Dang, the game was taken away from me.’ I never had a season where I didn’t go and play football,” the Giants running back told the “2nd Wind” podcast. “Now, it’s a kill mindset. Now it’s like, you know what? F—k everybody. I’m ready to go crazy.”
The New York Giants running back also added that he’s not out to satisfy anybody, and just wants to be a great player.
“Do I feel like I’m back? I feel like I’m better, to be completely honest,” Barkley said on the podcast. “I’m older now, I’m 25. I’ve been through some stuff, ups and downs. Now I’m in a situation where, you know me, I always have the mindset of always being counted out. But now it’s actually here, it’s actually real. People are really counting me out. People are trying to write me off.
“I don’t really do it for the pleasure for others or making other people satisfied. I do it because I just want to be great. But now I have that extra motivation, the extra motivation to push me to go out there and kind of just be like, shut everyone up.”
In 2021, Barkley appeared in 13 games for the Giants and rushed for 593 yards on 162 carries (3.7 YPC) to go along with 41 receptions for 263 yards receiving and four total touchdowns.
Saquon will get his first chance to remind the football world in the Giants’ September 11 opener vs. Tennessee.
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