New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley said he is giving his best not to think about the moment that changed his career. Barkley tore his ACL 15 months ago at Soldier Field and he is now set to return to the stadium where the unfortunately injury happened as the Chicago Bears are set to host the Giants this Sunday.
"No, I'm not thinking like, 'I hate the field,'" Barkley said on Wednesday. "I'm excited that I'm healthy enough to be able to go out there and be able to play another game. Like I said, you never know when these opportunities are going to be taken away from you.
That's my whole mindset is cherish these last two games that we have and go out there and try to finish on a high note." Barkley hasn't been able to rediscover his old form after returning from a torn ACL injury.
"In terms of the long-term question for the rest of the year, no one on our medical staff has talked to me about anything related to that at this point."
Barkley believes he still has something to play for
"You've just got to have heart.
That's what we have to have," Barkley said. "That's what we've got to hang our hat on. It's heart. It's the name on the back of your jersey. I think [offensive assistant] Jody [Wright] said it last week to me and [running back Devontae Booker] and a couple of guys, like, there's going to be some little kid in that stands that has never seen you play before, so you've got to take all those things into account too.
"Obviously, the season hasn't gone the way we would like by any means, but we've just got to go out there and fight for each other, too. That's another thing -- heart, pride, your last name, those little kids that are still watching, and for each other."
Barkley is hopinf to finish the season on a high note. "No, I don't. I can't control those things. I can't control those. I can't have that thought process," he said. "My thought process is come in every single day and try to be a leader I can for the team and try to get better physically, mentally and all the above.
"Like I said, with these last two games, especially coming up with Chicago, try to finish on a high note and play for each other."