Saquon Barkley is our nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award!
1 RT = 1 Vote for Saquon!#WPMOYChallenge + Barkley
— New York Giants (@Giants) December 6, 2022
The Man of the Year Award, named for Hall of Fame RB Walter Payton, recognizes the NFL player who best displays “excellence on and off the field.”
Barkley had already been recognized for his community service. Earlier this year, he won a Hometown Hero Award and was presented witn the award at the United Way of New York City’s 2022 Gridiron Gala. He helped United Way raise $2.4 million for New York City children and families.
Saquon Barkley and Jets OL George Fant were honored as this year’s Hometown Heroes at the United Way of NYC’s 29th annual Gridiron Gala. pic.twitter.com/FeaiNlUyoV
— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) May 4, 2022
Oh, he’s also pretty good at football.
This season, Barkley, who was out for all but two games of the 2020 season thanks to a torn ACL and struggled to get back to his old self in 2021 (he averaged less than four yards per carry for the first time in his career), has had a big year.
Through 12 games, Barkley is fourth in the league in rushing. He’s added eight rushing touchdowns and 241 receiving yards. Barkley’s individual bounce back is arguably the biggest reason the Giants as a team have bounced back. New York, which went 4-13 last season, is 7-4-1 in 2022 and currently occupies the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoff picture.
Barkley’s also Penn State’s record-holder for rushing touchdowns (43) and is second on the list in total touchdowns (53). He graduated from Penn State this past spring.
Barkley is one of 32 nominees for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. There is one from each NFL team.