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Saquon Barkley wins Breakthrough Athlete of the Year at the ESPYs

07/11/2019
Ryan Honey

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley takes home the “Breakthrough Athlete of the Year” award at the 2019 ESPYs.

Ryan Honey

Saquon Barkley continues the fantastic year he’s had.

On Wednesday, the New York Giants running back took home the “Breakthrough Athlete of the Year” award at the ESPYS. The award was presented to him by none other than former Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

The now-Cleveland Brown receiver presented Barkley the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award when he won it back in back in February.

Along with winning these mentioned awards, Barkley also won the Pepsi Rookie of the Year, the FedEx Ground Player of the Year and was elected to his first Pro Bowl.

It’s been a fantastic year for the young running back ever since the Giants selected him No. 2 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. Barkley racked up 1,307 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground in his inaugural rookie season.

Barkley also caught 91 balls for 721 yards and four scores through the air. His 91 receptions were a rookie record among running backs and tied a Giants franchise rookie record previously set by Beckham. Barkley’s 2,028 yards from scrimmage also led the entire NFL.

Going into his sophomore campaign in the pros, Barkley will look to accomplish even more. With Beckham now gone, the Giants offense must run primarily through Barkley. He’ll surely build upon all he’s done in his first season and come back even better in year No. 2.

But for right now, congratulations to Barkley for making this past year even more special for himself.

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