Saquon Barkley’s dad may wear Jets jersey on Sunday

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The father of Giants running back Saquon Barkley is an ardent Jets fan. He’s such an ardent Jets fan that he has a Jets tattoo. Alibay Barkley also may be wearing a Jets jersey when his son’s team plays the Jets for the first time in Saquon’s career.

But Saquon Barkley said Thursday that his dad won’t be rooting for the Jets to win the game.

The win is for us,” Saquon said Thursday, via Jordan Raanan of “But he’s also, I think what he said is he’s probably going to wear a Jets jersey. That is going to be an interesting one. I give it to him, because it’s a Joe Namath jersey. I think I got him that jersey actually, the Joe Namath one.”

Other comments from Saquon Barkley make it sound like his father’s support won’t be as unconditional as Saquon would like.

“At the end of the day, I knew this situation was going to come up,” Saquon said. “But I’m happy for him. I was a Jets fan growing up, too, so it’s fun. It’s going to be a little fun competition in the Barkley house.”

If everyone is on the same page about rooting for the Giants, there’s no competition to be had. Everyone is, or should be, all in with the Giants.

“My dad, if you ever met my dad, know my dad, he’s been a Jets fan his whole life,” Saquon Barkley said. “So is he going to root for the Jets? Yes, but he’s going to root for the Giants and his son at the same time.”

It sounds a lot like the divided loyalties that the average fan routinely experiences when the fan’s favorite team is facing a team that has on the roster a key member of the fan’s fantasy team. And that seems to be the safest guess: Alibay Barkley wants his son to have a huge game, but Alibay Barkley also wants his Jets to win.

18 responses to “Saquon Barkley’s dad may wear Jets jersey on Sunday

  1. As a Giants fan since 1979, I can respect how his dad feels. Then again its also 2019 and these two teams are lousy and only have the draft to look forward to….both me and Saquon’s dad should probably be rooting for the other team to win.

  2. I don’t think I’ll ever understand this. I’m a Bills fan till the day I die. If my son were to make it big and land a spot on the Patriots, I’d be a fan of the Patriots. You want your son to be successful, and success in the NFL is measured in Wins. You can be a Jets fan for 15 other games this season, which just blows my mind to begin with.

  3. Jets jersey. Giants hat. Or vice versa. Problem solved. You can cheer for your son and have a favorite team. No matter who wins, Dad wins. No big deal to me, unless he’s cheering against his son. That would be cold.

  4. Remember when Bob Griese was openly rooting against the Broncos when Denver was undefeated late in the season, even though his son was on the team?

    For some people, team loyalty is more important.

  5. I think I am going to have the same opinion as everyone. I am as hardcore of 49ers fan as there is. I have long said that there would be only one thing that would make me change the team I root for, and it is if my son were to make it big and play for an NFL team. Then I am a fan of that team, so long as he is active.

    Be a Jets fan after Saquon retires!

  6. The man is loyal to his team; nothing wrong with that. I say that as a Giants fan. Actually, it’s admirable that his loyalty is unwavering. All that aside, I am sure he’d rather not be in this position.

  7. I’m trying to think about this. I love watching my boys play sports. And I’m a die hard Dolphins fan… they know it as well. But if say my boys played for another team and they vs my beloved fins. I can see how that would conflict but I would still be rooting for my blood.

  8. you’re all focusing on the wrong thing, how AWESOME is it that you get to see your son play against the team you grew up rooting for, its already a win

  9. To each his own, but I find that to be fairly asinine in the end. Your son is literally the best player on an NFL team and you’re going to pay homage to some lifelong allegiance to the Jets no one but you cares about even on the day your son takes the field against them? Whatever, not in my world. I could be wrong, but as much as anything else that tells me his father doesn’t fully grasp the magnitude of Saquon’s amazing accomplishments and just how difficult it is rise that high and attain such a level of success no matter how talented you are. So many things have to fall your way in life to ultimately become Saquon Barkley, it’s not just about simply being better than everybody or even working harder than most. Be a misguided, understated Jets fan all you want, but have enough brains to wear your incredibly talented son’s jersey every day of your life.

  10. Fascinating how some of you people think it’s just so easy to switch lifelong allegiances. Barry Sanders’ dad never elevated his son above Jim Brown, despite the fact that Barry was in the same conversation as Brown.
    I doubt Mr. Barkley has any less love or support for his son. You should be giving props to Mr. Barkley for remaining loyal to his favorite team. His son is an adult. I’m sure he can deal with it.

  11. Sounds like a regular Ward Cleaver to me. I’m sure Beaver hasn’t spend a day thinking about earning his father’s approval.

  12. There was a rumor going around that Barry Sanders retired because his father was a big Jim Brown fan, and didn’t want to break Brown’s record.

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