Saquon Barkley Loves Soup As Much As He Loves His Mom
Campbell’s Chunky soup, the Official Soup Sponsor of the NFL, teamed up with NFL star Saquon Barkley for its latest ad campaign, “Champions of Chunky.” The campaign is an updated version of the classic Mama’s Boy campaign, which first aired in 1997 and last ran in 2014. That campaign featured NFL stud Clay Matthews who told us all about it.
The new ad spotlights the NY Giants running back and his Champion, his mom (Tonya Johnson), who lovingly interrupts him during a huddle on the sideline, to make sure he’s filling up right with a bowl of Campbell’s Chunky Soup.
“We all have Champions in our lives who play a huge role in our success – whether that’s a parent, sibling, grandparent, spouse, stepparent or friend – and this campaign recognizes those individuals who support us every day,” said Gary Mazur, Director, Brand Marketing, Campbell Soup Company.
“Campbell’s Chunky is excited to bring updated, evolved versions of our iconic and humorous commercials back to life this season and celebrate not only our NFL superstars and their Champions, but the everyday heroes that play this role in the lives of those closest to them.”
Throughout the season, Campbell’s Chunky will be joined in person by Dak Prescott, Saquon Barkley and several other NFL players, along with their respective Champions, to surprise and celebrate unsung heroes in their local communities. Whether a firefighter, teacher, coach or community representative, these heroes will be recognized for their daily contributions to their communities and the impact they’re making on people around them.
But what made Barkley such a soup-er choice is his performance on the field.
Saquon Barkley Stats Are Insane
For a guy who was born and raised in the Bronx, NY, his professional career has to feel like a dream. He played college football at Penn State for three years, declaring for the NFL Draft after his junior season. Barkley’s college stats were 3,843 yards rushing with 43 rushing touchdowns, to go with 1,195 receiving yards with 8 touchdown catches. Check out all of the Penn State records he owns:
Most career rushing touchdowns – 43
Most rushing yards by a freshman – 1,076 yards
Most rushing yards by a sophomore – 1,496 yards
Most total yards in a single game – 358 yards (vs. Iowa)
First player to score a return and passing touchdown in the same game
For a league hell bent on eliminating the bellcow, every down running back, Saquon Barkley is the last thing NFL GMs want to see. His impact was immediate and in his rookie season he put together one of the best NFL seasons a running back has ever had.
Barkley scored his first NFL touchdown, a 68-yard rush, in Week 1 of the 2018 season against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Overall, he had 106 rushing yards and a touchdown in his first NFL game. The following week Barkley set a Giants’ franchise record for catches in a game, with 14. He also tied the NFL single game record for catches by a rookie.
In his first pro season, Barkley set three franchise records for rookies: most rushing touchdowns (11), most rushing yards (1,307), and most total touchdowns (15). He also become one of three rookies in NFL history to rack up 2,000+ yards from scrimmage, joining Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James.
Barkley had nine plays of 40 or more yards in his rookie season, and already added another in week one of the 2019 NFL season. For context, only two players – Barry Sanders (12) and Chris Johnson (10; who we spoke to about his incredible 2009 season) – had ever done it prior.
He would eventually set the NFL single-season RB reception record with 91 catches, besting Reggie Bush‘s total of 88 in 2006.
Crazy random stat alert: On Saquon Barkley’s 78-yard touchdown run during the Giants’ Week 14 win over the Washington Redskins, he reached a top speed of 21.91 miles per hour, according to NFL Next Generation Stats.