Saquon Barkley will need more room on the trophy shelf as the former Penn State Nittany Lion turned New York Giant took home another award Wednesday night.
This time, Barkley was named 2019’s Best Breakthrough Athlete at the 2019 ESPY awards. Award winners have been selected via fan vote since 2004, and Penn State fans certainly showed up to help out the former Nittany Lion.
The former Penn State running back beat out Milwaukee Brewers slugger Christian Yelich, Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young, and reigning US Open champ Naomi Osaka to win the ESPY.
Barkley’s nomination for the award followed a stellar rookie campaign with the New York Giants in which he eclipsed more than 2,000 all-purpose yards, scored 15 total touchdowns, and earned a spot in the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl.
This is hardly the first accolade the Coplay, PA, native has received in the past year. Barkley took the NFL by storm in his rookie season and beat out Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield to win the NFL’s and Associated Press’ 2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year awards.