Giants RB Saquon Barkley holds football camp for kids; continues to heal from torn ACL

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley took time out from preparing for the upcoming NFL season to inspire the next generation of football players.

News 12 Staff

Jul 20, 2021, 12:34 AM

Updated 1,004 days ago

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley took time out from preparing for the upcoming NFL season to inspire the next generation of football players.
Barkley held a camp for more than 200 kids at West Essex High School. But the big question on many people’s minds is if he will be ready for Giants camp in a few weeks.
“I don’t know. I guess we’ll see. Just taking it day by day and just listening to my body and whenever I’m able to get out there, I’m able to get 110%,” Barkley says.
Barkley had surgery to repair a torn ACL in October. He says that he feels better, but remains tight-lipped on his status for week one of the upcoming season.
“I’m very blessed and fortunate to have a great team, a great staff, who’s going to listen to me and take it day by day and listen to the kneed and whenever that day comes, go 110%,” he says.
As for his pro camp, Barkley says that he is a kid at heart and that he was excited to run drills with the children that came out to learn about football.
“It means a lot to me. I’m happy that these kids came out. I want to thank the families. I want to thank these kids for coming out. I want to make sure that I leave a lasting impression,” he says.
Barkley says that camps like this weren’t available to him when he was growing up. He says that his injury puts a lot of things into perspective.
“You never know how many opportunities football can be taken from you at any point. Especially the position I play. So that’s why I want to get this opportunity, go at it 110% and try to put some smiles on these kids’ faces,” Barkley says.
The Giants open the 2021 season Sept. 12 against the Broncos.


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