After he received some criticism for buying his parents a home, Saquon Barkley is making sure everyone knows, he’s not to going to blow through his millions. Interestingly enough, Barkley hasn’t even signed his rookie contract with the Giants, who made him the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft.
“Once I realized when I declared for the NFL draft and kind of realized where I was going to be drafted, that was something I was like, ‘You know what? Kind of want to follow the Marshawn Lynch method. I don’t want to touch that. I want to invest it, put it in the right peoples’ hands and learn as I continue to make investments. And just live off the endorsement deals,'” Barkley said on the red carpet for the CC Sabathia Celebrity Softball Game on Thursday night.
Purchasing the home for his family was the fulfillment of a promise he made long ago.
“I’ve been promising my mom, I think since I could talk, honestly 2 or 3 years old I know it sounds crazy, but I swear I’m not lying to you guys that I’m going to buy [my mom] a house one day,” Barkley said. “My family has been through so much and made so many sacrifices for my brothers and sisters.
“And that’s not it. That’s not the last thing I’m going to be able to do for my family. That’s a great thing.”
At least he’s thinking about it. Not many athletes go into their careers worrying about money they will or won’t have twenty years down the road. Who knew Marshawn Lynch was such a role model.