Saquon Barkley Wins ESPY For Breakthrough Athlete of the Year

By Matthew Filipovits on July 11, 2019 at 8:19 am
Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) rushes for a first down in the first half against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK
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Former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley has won yet another award after his fantastic rookie season with the New York Giants, the ESPY for Breakthrough Player of the Year

Barkley beat out Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter Trae Young, reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich, and 21-year-old tennis sensation Naomi Osaka for the award.

The ESPYS, which stand for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly, are given out annually in mid-July and presented by ABC and ESPN. 

Barkley received a Pro Bowl nod and was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year for after his debut season with the Giants. He rewrote the Giants' record books, setting new high marks for rookie rushing yards, rookie rushing touchdowns, and rookie overall touchdowns. He also led the NFL in yards from scrimmage with over 2,000 on the season. 

With star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. off to Cleveland, and Eli Manning in the twilight of his career, Barkley is poised to take over as the new face of the legendary NFL team. He will begin preparations for his second season as a professional later this month when the Giants open training camp.

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