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Eagles’ Saquon Barkley admits dad would still cheer for Jets over Philly in Super Bowl matchup

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Saquon Barkley’s move to NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles was a shocking reality for most. new york giants fan. But one fan, perhaps Barkley’s biggest fan, seems unfazed by the decision.

During an appearance on the New Heights podcast with Jason Kelsey and Travis Kelsey on Wednesday, Barkley revealed that his father, Alibay Barkley, will definitely be rooting for him. new york jets If they end up playing the Eagles in the Super Bowl.

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley, 26, hits quarterback Tommy Barkley after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter of a game against the Green Bay Packers on Dec. 11, 2023 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Celebrating with DeVito (15 years old) (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Asked who his father, a New York native, would root for, Barkley didn’t hesitate, adding that his father was born the same year the Jets won their first and only Super Bowl with Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath.

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Barkley admitted that his father encourages him to “play a good game,” but when pressed further, he said his father has never even worn a Giants jersey.

“He’s not even wearing my jersey,” Barkley said. “I’m serious. He’s not wearing my jersey. He’s wearing it — I bought him a Joe Namath Jets jersey, and he’s wearing that jersey.

“He never [seen] The Jets win the Super Bowl. I’m sure my father would. I hope that perhaps he will change his mind. But if I had to guess, I’d say he’d probably root for the Jets to win the Super Bowl, which is sad to say out loud.

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Philadelphia Eagles running back Saquon Barkley gestures during a press conference after signing with the team. (Kyle Ross/USA Today Sports)

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Given his loyalty to the Jets, Alibay Barkley may be the only supporter who wasn’t upset about the two-time Pro Bowler’s move to the Jets. Eagles.

Barkley signed a three-year contract with the Eagles with $26 million guaranteed earlier this month after six years with the Giants.The deal had its critics, most notably Giants legend Tiki Barber He said the running back was “dead to me” after the news broke.

In his podcast, Barclay revisited the issue. Although he understood his fans’ position, he said he was surprised by Barber, who thought he understood the “business side” of his decision.

“I love watching the NFL players. I love watching the OGs. I love seeing you guys. You have a platform. This is a place where you know the ball and talk. It’s a place where you can educate the fans and maybe use that time to show them a ‘maybe.”’ This is why Saquon is going to Philadelphia. ”

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Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants stands on the sideline before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on September 10, 2023 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Ryan Kang/Getty Images)

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“I’m not going to tell you you have to be loyal to me because to be honest, I don’t care about that, but you’re a former NFL player, former NFL athlete. Feed the BS. Stop doing that. That’s what fans do. That’s what they should do. They’re emotional.”

Barkley appeared in 14 games last season, but missed three due to an ankle sprain. He ran for 962 yards and six touchdowns and had 41 catches, including four touchdowns.

The Giants used the franchise tag on Barkley last season, ultimately signing him to a one-year, $10.1 million contract before the start of training camp. If he accepts the offer, the franchise tag would cost the team $12.2 million this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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