After another successful Sleep Out event, Saquon Barkley raised a whopping $1,310,577 as of Friday to battle homelessness. Photo Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports Nov 26, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) warms up before the game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

When running back Saquon Barkley agreed to a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this week after spending his first six seasons with the New York Giants, Giants fans were upset.

If it wasn’t bad enough that Barkley, who rushed for the fourth-most yards and sixth-most touchdowns in team history, left the team, he went to one of New York’s biggest rivals.

At his introductory press conference with the Eagles on Thursday, Barkley took the time to address Giants fans and let them know that they hold a special place in his heart, while also acknowledging that he could have handled the situation better.

“I’ve got nothing but respect for all those guys and all those ladies,” Barkley said, via ESPN. “The fans for the last six years have been great to me, to my family, created so many memories. I don’t really think I handled it the right way on social media. I think I could have given a proper goodbye. Once I announced, everything kind of got hectic.

Barkley, who is a Pennsylvania native and played his college football at Penn State, is also “super happy” to be with the Eagles and back in the Keystone State.

While the NFL schedule isn’t out yet, obviously Giants fans will still be seeing Barkley twice a season, it’s just a matter of when that will be.