Saquon Barkley is already one of the top offensive players in the entire NFL. That’s high praise for a guy who’s only entering his second season in the league, but, let’s face it, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft proved during his rookie campaign that he’s a force to be reckoned with.
While Barkley’s New York Giants struggled in his first NFL season, the former Penn State star burst onto the scene, rushing for 1,307 yards, scoring 15 total touchdowns and making the Pro Bowl. Sure, Saquon Barkley has God-given talent, but he also works harder than anyone to maintain his physique, which he knows helps separate himself from other running backs in the league — and he doesn’t seem to plan on slowing down anytime soon.
Rather than grow complacent and continue to do what worked well for him prior to his first season in the league, Barkley’s pushing himself even more, going harder, faster, stronger this offseason by using an intense workout routine that has even left his teammates in awe. Talking to the New York Post, just take a look at what some of the other guys in his own locker room are saying about the Pro Bowl running back, who seems to be preparing for a gigantic second year.
“You don’t think he can get any more fit but he somehow did,” said Jon Halapio, a 6-foot-4, 315-pound center. “We only hope to look like that one day. He has the body to show off. I don’t know how it feels.”
“He’s swole,” running back Rod Smith said.
That’s some high praise from fellow NFL players, but, hey, with Saquon Barkley’s nickname being “Saq-quads”, it’s easy to understand why other pro athletes are blown away with the way the guy works out. And, while we don’t recommend trying this at home, you can see for yourself the type of work that Barkley’s been putting in, which is why he’s, arguably, already the most lethal offensive weapon in the NFL.
See, told you Saquon Barkley does things that most humans can’t do; which is a testament to his desire to be the best.
In the aforementioned New York Post piece, here’s how Barkley explained his passion for pushing himself.
“Very proud of my body,” the second-year running back and full-time physical specimen told The Post during a rare break at Giants training camp. “Put a lot of hard work in. I surrounded myself with a great team. Your body is what you need to produce at a high level in this sport, that’s why I take it very serious.”
OK, so Barkley might surround himself with a great team that’s going to push him and hold him accountable every single day to get his training in, but why the obsession to continue to build strength? Well, the second-year running back had a very simple reason.
“Power,” he said. “When I mean power I don’t mean running people over. Powerful being when you hit me, you feel the density and you can feel ‘em and it keeps me moving. Why I’m able to squat so much, why I’m able to do the things I do, why I’m able to make a jump-cut then make another jump-cut over somebody else. All those things comes with flexibility, balance, core stability, mobility in all the places you need to be, especially hips, to be able to bend and move that way, but the power comes from your quads and your hamstrings and your legs and that’s what you have to have as a running back.”
It takes a special person to have the drive that Saquon Barkley has. But he knows that, in order to become the best — and stay on top for years to come — it takes dedication that others don’t have. Considering his peers are enamored with how extreme his workout routine is, it’s clear he’s doing something right to continue widening the gap between himself and other running backs in the NFL.