Saquon Barkley looks to Barry Sanders as inspiration after terrible game

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The Giants had a bye in Week 11 and that meant there was a lot of time for memories of their 34-27 loss to the Jets in Week 10 to linger.

One of the foulest memories of that game was running back Saquon Barkley gaining one yard on 13 carries. On Thursday, Barkley said he didn’t spend all of his time off going through what went wrong in that game.

Rather than do that, Barkley looked in the history books and found that he’s not the first to crash and burn so spectacularly. More significantly, he found that such flops aren’t predictive of future success.

“It was one of those games where you watch the film and you just put it away,” Barkley said, via the team’s website. “I did research and I was like, ‘I have to be the first back ever to have a game like that.’ Then, I did research, and I’m not trying to put myself on that level and compare myself to that person, but Barry Sanders had a game where he had 16 carries and zero yards against the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs. I don’t think that stopped him from having a great career. If anything, I would think it pushed him and motivated him to be better.”

Sanders actually had 13 carries for minus-1 yards in that 1994 playoff loss to Green Bay, so it’s a good example for Barkley to use of a bad day meaning little in future outings. He’ll have a chance to show the same is true for him against the Bears this weekend.

13 responses to “Saquon Barkley looks to Barry Sanders as inspiration after terrible game

  1. I was actually at the Lambeau for Barry Sanders -1 yard game.
    It was one Hell of a New Years Eve party!

    Flew out to Dallas the following week to witness Terrell Buckley’s last game as a Packer, after Alvin Harper carved him up every which way and then some.

  2. I’m surprised Sanders got that many yards v. the Green Bay Packers. He was always running backwards.

    If Barkley wants to good role model he should look to many other RBs as examples other than Sanders. IMO, Sanders was a drive killer. Dancing around behind the line of scrimmage 12 times and losing yard, then he breaks one a game and he’s the best ever. SMH.

    He was a very exciting player but he wasn’t a guy you could win a title with.

  3. Wow, this is one of those painful you’re officially old that happens when you first remember a Hall of Famer’s entire career, when you realize you’re older than the average professional athlete, when you’re older than all professional athletes, when Hall of Famer’s began their careers when you were an adult, and this one for me…..when you’re old enough to remember with great joy and happiness an event a professional athlete has to “look into the history books” to know of.

  4. golions1 says:
    November 22, 2019 at 8:54 am
    Barkley is no Barry Sanders.
    ___________________________________________
    He literally said in the interview –

    “Then, I did research, and I’m not trying to put myself on that level and compare myself to that person, but Barry Sanders had a game where he had 16 carries and zero yards against the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs.”

  5. Flew out to Dallas the following week to witness Terrell Buckley’s last game as a Packer, after Alvin Harper carved him up every which way and then some.
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    That actually sounds awesome. I was never a fan of Buckley as a player; he tried to match Deion’s swagger but he didn’t walk the walk.

  6. Barkley returned too early from his ankle injury and has done himself no favors as a result, not real interested in all the side stories that seem to focus on everything but that.

  7. What Barkley should be doing is looking for a way to get out of the dumpster fire called the Giants!

    I for one am sick of seeing these players with so much potential go to the worst teams in the league and then have 1/2 the career they’d have had with a good team. IMHO the SB winner should get the #1 overall pick followed by the playoff teams and the worst team would pick last in that round, but only for the 1st round of the draft, just think how much that’d change some of these players careers! And it’d make a lot more teams try a whole lot harder to win, also it would eliminate any chance of a team tanking to try and get a certain player, it’d fix so many issues and make the games more competitive for various reasons.

  8. Any top 5 draft picks needs to be a difference maker…if not then probably a ‘bust’.

    At this rate….SB probably won’t get a contract extension from the Giants.

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