New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley was the star of the show during Super Bowl week, making the media rounds, hitting radio row, appearing in several commercials and winning various awards, including the 2018 AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.
However, none of that compares to the sort of motivation Barkley gleaned from the week. Rather, the “whiff” of Super Bowl action is what will stick with Barkley, who wants to be the next superstar to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
“It gets you motivated,” Barkley told the New York Daily News. “Just watching the playoffs. You see teams that you played against or you see teams that are having a lot of success just watching the games. You can envision yourself being there. That is the goal. You work hard in the offseason and you push yourself and your teammates to get to this point. Obviously it is a long road, and it is not going to be easy. We still have a lot of figuring out to do, but that is what it takes. Everyone wants to be in this moment and at this game.”
That’s not to say Barkley isn’t grateful for everything that came his way during Super Bowl week, he’d just rather have been doing something else.
“Obviously, with the competitive nature, you want to be in this game. Obviously you love all of this stuff, but I would much rather be preparing for a Super Bowl. That is the goal. Just to continue to work and try and find a way to do that next year,” Barkley added.
After the New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 13-3, in Super Bowl LIII, Barkley hit Twitter to reinforce his current objective.
With the NFL season now officially over, Barkley and the Giants can begin taking their first steps towards their goal of the Super Bowl. The 2019 regular season will be here before we know it.