Peterson, Barkley have much mutual respect

Brian Tinsman
October 25, 2018 - 10:24 pm
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Saquon Barkley was just 10 years old when Adrian Peterson took his first NFL snap. Amazingly, the two will share a field on Sunday, reprising the roles of ageless wonder and rookie phenom at the running back position.

"You can just see with the talent. It’s obvious, him being a rookie and what he’s accomplished so far," Peterson said of Barkley, via John Keim of ESPN. "That doesn’t happen every year or even two or three or four years (where) that type of talent comes around.

"He’s the guy that stands out a little more than what I’ve seen in the past few years...From what I’ve seen so far he shows some God-given ability. Great patience, his lower-body strength and balance is amazing. He flows."

The feeling is mutual for Barkley, who hopes to swap jerseys with one of his idols after the game on Sunday.

"That's a crazy statement to even think about," Barkley said with a grin, about the prospects of playing with Peterson. "Growing up, watching Adrian Peterson, I was a big, big fan of his game. Even now, he's still a special talent, so to be able to watch him play, live, is definitely something I'm going to be excited to see."

Peterson made his comments earlier in the week, and Giants reporters were happy to get Barkley's reaction on Thursday. 

"That means a lot, when you catch the eye of a guy like that," he said of Peterson. "He's one of the best running backs to ever play this game, a future Hall of Famer. I admire his game and how he played. For him to say that about me, especially being a young guy in the league, it definitely means a lot to me."

Following the soccer tradition that has been widely adopted in the NFL, Barkley hopes to swap jerseys with the legend after the game.

"Yeah, I'm not gonna lie, that would be pretty cool, if I was able to trade jerseys with Adrian," he said. "But you never know."

 

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