The New York media is notorious for its tenacity, especially toward its own. Saquon Barkley, who was selected No. 2 overall by the New York Giants in the NFL draft, got his first taste of that Monday when getting interviewed by WFAN’s Chris Carlin.
Carlin, who is the radio voice of Rutgers football, asked Barkley about his decision to flip his college commitment from Rutgers to Penn State on WFAN’s The Afternoon Drive with Carlin, Maggie and Bart. Barkley’s response was diplomatic.
“The reason why I left, no disrespect to Rutgers University, being a PA guy living and raised in Pennsylvania that Penn State’s longevity was going to help me,” Barkley said. “I wasn’t just looking at the NFL. I predicted and hoped to be in this situation, but say if it didn’t go that way, I felt like a degree from Penn State University separated myself if I went to, say, a school like Rutgers or a school like Maryland. It’s no offense to those schools at all, but it’s just two different schools. Penn State is a well-known, prestigious school. At that young age, I made a very tough but educated decision.”
Carlin, for his part, maintained his loyalty to his Scarlet Knights roots. “Well, you’re dead to me,” Carlin said, joking.
New York fans have already taken a liking to the former Nittany Lions star. According to a report from ESPN”s Darren Rovell, Barkley’s Giants jersey sold more on draft night than any other in history.