Ever since Saquon Barkley threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a New York Yankees game in late May, the New York Giants running back has received the nickname “Saquads” by his teammates and fans for his large quad muscles. Although Barkley didn’t appear to be all in on the nickname initially, he seems to accepting it now.
While Barkley was taking part in the Landon Collins’ celebrity softball game on Saturday in Pomona, N.Y., ESPN asked the former Penn State star about his nickname. Before answering whether he liked the nickname, he turned around to show that “Saquads” was the name across the back of his jersey.
“It’s fun. It’s all fun,” Barkley said of the nickname. ” … I’m a rookie right now, so they have a little fun with me. But it’s cool, it’s cool. I think the fans are enjoying it, so I’m going to stick with it a little bit.”
Although Barkley acknowledged that the nickname is something that he likes for now, he hopes that he can earn a new nickname through his play on the field.
“Hopefully, I can get a different nickname from my play on the field, not because of my legs,” Barkley said.
Barkley was also asked about what he thinks he can bring to New York’s offense in the 2018 NFL season and beyond.
“I think when you look at the offense, you see electricity in the skilled positions all around,” Barkley said. “I think I can bring versatility from the backfield. Someone who can run between tackles, outside of tackles and catch the ball out of the backfield, and be a threat as a wide receiver. Obviously, I have to continue to work and continue to get the coaches to trust me to be in that position. But I think that’s what I can bring to the table, and I think for our offense, the sky is the limit.”
It’s a good thing that Barkley has all the makings to be a great NFL player, because he proved on Saturday that softball is not his thing.
Morgan Foley, a professional softball pitcher for Houston Scrapyards, makes Saquon Barkley look foolish at the plate. pic.twitter.com/j4NiMlwdrv
— John Healy (@jphealy) June 10, 2018
Barkley was taken by the Giants with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.