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Saquon Barkley is one of the best college football players in the country with a strong likelihood he’ll be playing on Sundays in the near future. Barkley stays grounded off the field with his girlfriend, Anna Congdon. Like Barkley, Congdon is a student at Penn State.
The couple does not talk much publicly about their relationship, but can be seen showing affection to each other on social media. For example, Congdon let fans know the football field is not the only place where Barkley shows elusiveness.
“He’s [Saquon Barkley] alright on the field but you should see him on the dance floor,” Congdon posted on Instagram.
If Barkley keeps up his stellar play, he could be dancing in New York City when the Heisman Trophy is awarded.
Learn more about Barkley and Congdon’s relationship.
1. Congdon Is a Sophomore at Penn State
According to Penn State, Barkley is majoring in journalism. By the looks of things, Barkley is a few years away from using his degree, as Barkley is the top rated NFL running back prospect.
Congdon is a sophomore at Penn State. One of Congdon’s tweets went viral over the summer, as she gave fans a little too much information about Barkley.
Barkley is known for his strength as much as his quick moves on the football field. Several workout videos have gone viral including Barkley squatting 495 pounds seven times and power cleaning 405 pounds as the videos below show.
Congdon tweeted Barkley is a “freak in every aspect of life.”
The tweet caused quite a stir, but Barkley simply responded with a heart emoji.
2. It Took Congdon 5 Months to Convince Barkley to Go to a Country Music Concert
Congdon looks to be a major country music fan, but it took some convincing for Barkley to join her at a show. “Only took 5 months of dating for sa to come to a country concert with me,” Congdon noted on Instagram. The concert took place at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain located in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Based on The Pavilion calendar, it looks like the couple attended a Dierks Bentley concert, and Congdon posted the above photo a few days after the concert.
Barkley is no stranger to music. According to The Morning Call, Penn State student Matt Freiler wrote a song about Barkley entitled “Saquon Barkley” which has become a favorite among Penn State fans. Barkley approves of the song.
“I like it; it’s catchy,” Barkley told The Morning Call.
You can listen to the song below.
3. Barkley Says Congdon Is “the One to Slow Me Down”
On Congdon’s birthday, Barkley took to Instagram to post a little rhyme about his girlfriend. “She was the one to slow me down, hold me down, I roll with it now!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABE,” Barkley posted.
When Barkley is on the football field, defenses have been unable to slow him down. Barkley rushed for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns during the 2016 season. Through Penn State’s first six games, Barkley rushed for 649 yards and six touchdowns. He also had 395 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
4. In Addition to His Girlfriend, Barkley Is Supported Off the Field by His Family
Barkley’s relationship with Congdon has clearly been one of the bright spots for his life off the football field. Barkley has also been supported by his family. Despite some rocky times growing up, Barkley overcame the obstacles to become one of the best college football players in the country.
According to The Morning Call, his father, Alibay Barkley, used to walk his son to practice and games as the family was without a car. Alibay Barkley spent a year at Rikers Island Prison noting he made “bad choices”.
As her husband was battling drug addiction, Barkley’s mother, Tonya Johnson decided to move the family from the Bronx to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where some of her relatives were located. Her husband followed, and the relocation played a big part in turning things around.
Barkley has a good relationship with his parents, and notes his father has become his biggest fan.
“I love my family,” Barkley told The Morning Call. “My dad, he’s my biggest fan, him and my brother [Rashard]. My dad has been through a lot. He made that a big point when I was young: Don’t make the same mistakes he did in life.”
5. Congdon Is on #TeamSaquon in the Heisman Trophy Race
It’s no surprise Congdon voted for Barkley in an online Heisman poll. Official Heisman voters are limited to college football writers, but Congdon is doing her part to make sure everyone knows who to vote for. Heading into Penn State’s matchup with Michigan, Barkley is a co-favorite in Vegas to win the award.
According to OddsShark, Barkley along with Stanford’s Bryce Love are favored at +140 odds. Barkley will have to overcome the quarterback Heisman trend to hoist the trophy in December. Since 2010, Derrick Henry was the only non-quarterback to win the award. Henry won the Heisman Trophy in 2015 to stop a five-year quarterback streak.
During the 2017 season, Barkley’s standout performances have been rushing for 172 yards and two touchdowns against Akron. Barkley also had 54 receiving yards in the Akron game. Barkley rushed for 211 yards and a touchdown at Iowa. He also had 94 receiving yards in the contest.