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Eagles’ Saquon Barkley Admits His Dad Would Still Cheer on Jets vs. Philly in Super Bowl Game

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Saquon Barkley’s trade to the NFC East rivals Philadelphia Eagles was a shocking reality for most. New York Giants Fans. But one fan, arguably Barkley’s biggest, probably isn’t fazed by the decision.

During Wednesday’s appearance on the “New Heights” podcast with Jason and Travis Kelce, Barkley revealed that his father, Alibay Barkley, would definitely support his New York Jets if they were ever to face the Eagles in a Super Bowl.

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

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

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Barkley admitted his father would support him to have “a good game,” but when pressed further, he said his father never even wore his Giants jersey.

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

“He never (saw) the Jets win a Super Bowl. I’m pretty sure my dad would – I hope he probably would change. But if I had to guess, I think he’d probably cheer for the Jets to win the Super Bowl, which is sad to say out loud.”

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

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Given his allegiance to the Jets, Alibay Barkley might be the only fan who wasn’t upset by the two-time Pro Bowler’s move to Eagles.

Barkley signed a three-year, $26 million guaranteed contract with the Eagles earlier this month after six years with the Giants. The deal has attracted criticism, including Legend of the Giants Tiki Barber, who said the running back was “dead to me” after the news broke.

During the podcast, Barkley revisited the question. He said that while he understood the fans’ position, he was surprised by Barber, who should have understood the “business side” of his decision.

“I love seeing the NFL guys. I love seeing the OGs. I love seeing you guys. You have a platform. It’s a place where you know the ball, you can talk, you can educate the fans. Maybe use this time to show, ‘Maybe this is why Saquon is going to Philadelphia.

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

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“I’m not saying you have to be loyal to me because I don’t care, to be honest, but you’re a former NFL player, a former NFL athlete. Don’t feed the BS. Let fans do that. They’re supposed to do that. They’re emotional.

Barkley played in 14 games last season, missing three with a severe ankle sprain. He rushed for 962 yards and six touchdowns and had 41 catches, including four touchdowns.

The Giants used the franchise tag last season on Barkley and ultimately agreed to a one-year deal worth $10.1 million before the start of training camp. A franchise tag this year would have cost the team $12.2 million had he accepted the offer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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