Rashad Jennings Sees Big Turn Around For Giants, Offers Advice For Saquon Barkley

May 09, 2018 - 2:37 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Despite coming off a 3-13 season, former New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings sees a bright future ahead.

"I haven't seen their strength of schedule but I predict them going 10-6," Jennings told our Rebecca Granet on "The Trend".

That's a bold prediction for a team in disarray just a season ago. The Giants finished near the bottom of the league in multiple categories including rushing. Big Blue found themselves 26th in the league in rushing yards per game, and 28th in total rushing touchdowns with only six.

They'll be hoping to turn that around with running back Saquon Barkley, a first round pick out of Penn State. Barkley was largely considered the best prospect in the draft class and while he comes with all of the physical tools, Jennings had some advice for the rookie.

"Take care of your body. Learn to take care of your body. I say learn specifically because if you think you've figured it all out, you haven't. It's a different game. The speed of players aren't different, the speed of the game is different. Not the players, the game. Stay in the playbook. Also, separate yourself from people. The road towards success sometimes it's ok to be alone."

That advice stems from lessons he learned growing up.

Despite all his success, Jennings wasn't always a star athlete. In his debut book, "The IF in Life: How to Get Off Life’s Sidelines and Become Your Best Self", Jennings details his struggle to make it to the NFL.  In his junior year of high school, Jennings was a fifth string running back who struggled with debilitating asthma and a 0.6 GPA. He eventually got his shot on the field, and was able to right the ship academically as well.

Jennings went on to receive a scholarship to play football at the University of Pittsburgh, which lead to eight productive season in the NFL.  

"I'm a living witness that dreams do come true with a lot of hard work, dedication, with redemption, with second chances that I got. I want to be able to be a light to show parents that I was the kid that people wrote off so don't write off everyone. And to show kids that you can be just like myself in the fact of overcoming your situations."

Jennings was able to overcome his situations with a lot of hard work and the help of his family.

"If I didn't have my family, truly, through in, through out, to believe in me before I really knew who I was, I wouldn't be having this interview with you, promise you that. All the successes I've ever garnished or achieved is simply because of the loving people I've had around me. And I'm thankful for that."

To watch the full interview and find out who Jennings would want to play him in a movie, check out the video above.