New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley wants to win 2018 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year on Saturday night, but he would also like to be named league MVP someday, as well as holding up the Lombardi Trophy a time or two.
However, the 21-year-old has aspirations beyond success on the football field, instead establishing a goal to win the league’s most elite and meaningful award — the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
“I want to win the Rookie of the Year award. I want to win a ring and an MVP,” Barkley said. “But I also want to win the Walter Payton Man of the Year one day,” Barkley said via Newsday.
Barkley is already well on his way to that level when it comes to community involvement, as he takes his charitable commitments very seriously.
During Super Bowl Week, Barkley took it upon himself to rearrange his entire schedule so that he could take part in Campbell’s initiative to distribute 100,000 bowls of soup to Missions for Ministry. However, the rookie also admits he will be selective in which events and partnerships he takes on.
“Obviously, you want to be strategic about it and have something real,” Barkley said. “You want to have fun with it. Some partnerships want you to do this and that and it really is not who you are. I want to make sure they are allowing me to be who I am. Campbell’s and this is the best thing I am doing this week. That is what it is all about. Giving back and having an impact. That is who you want to work with. You want to partner yourself with people like that.”
Barkley can pick the brain of teammates Eli Manning, who is extremely charitable himself and won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award along with Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald in 2016.