New York Giants running back, Saquon Barkley carved out a solid rookie season in the NFL.
The second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Barkley set a record with the most rushing touchdowns by a rookie with 11 this past season.
Guess what? NBA Champion, Steph Curry inspired him!
“I’m a big Steph fan,” Saquon Barkley told Scoop B Radio yesterday at his ProCamps football camp in New Jersey.
“One of my favorite videos on YouTube is “Success is Not An Accident” and it’s all about him. How he worked to get to where he is.”
That’s high praise from Barkley.
This season, Barkley set a record with the most rushing yards by a rookie by notching 1,307 yards and had the distinction of setting a rookie record for the most touchdowns in a season by a rookie with 15.
Meanwhile back at the ranch, Curry and his Golden State Warriors are entering tonight’s Game 2 matchup against the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals.
Although currently down 1-0 to the Warriors, Curry is the leader of a potent Warriors squad that includes himself, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson in the team’s starting lineup.
Saquon Barkley tells Scoop B Radio that he admires’ Curry’s growth and his rise in the NBA.
“I mean if you look at him, no disrespect to Steph but he’s not like a LeBron James,” Barkley told me.
“He’s not a freakish athlete. He’s a guy who’s probably an average athlete. Sometimes miss dunks in games. But his technique and work ethic is the reason why he’s able to shoot the ball so well. I’m fascinated by that.”
Curry’s Warriors are playing without their superstar Kevin Durant who has been out for some time with a strained calf that he suffered during Round 2 of the Warriors’ NBA Playoffs matchup against the Houston Rockets.
Durant is rumored to return to the Warriors’ lineup in either Game 3 or 4 of the series.
“He’s the best player in the world,” Barkley told me.
“ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE WORLD. IT’S HIM OR LEBRON [JAMES]. BUT LEBRON WAS HURT FOR MAJORITY OF THIS YEAR. WE COULDN’T GET THE TRUE LEBRON [JAMES]. BUT HE STILL WAS AVERAGING LIKE 27 [POINTS], 8 [REBOUNDS], 8 [ASSISTS] IT’S NOT LIKE HE DROPPED OFF.”