After Being Drafted Into The NFL, This Player Kept A Promise He Made To His Parents

"This is an amazing feeling."

Saquon Barkley, a running back for the New York Giants, just made good on a promise he made to his parents, Alibay Barkley and Tonya Johnson. 

After the Penn State star was drafted by the team in April, Barkley vowed to buy his biggest cheerleaders their dream home, according to Bleacher Report.


"Something I promised my parents, ever since I was a young kid," the No. 2 pick wrote on an Instagram post, which features him standing next to a "sold" sign in front of their new residence. "Finally be able to achieve that goal is the most amazing feeling. Every kid out there that has a dream, continue to keep your head down and work your butt off, great things will come along the way."

Barkley purchased the home in Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania. He told The Morning Call that he is thankful he was able to fulfill his promise, that his younger brother and sister will have somewhere to call home, and that he plans to remain close. 

"It's not goodbye," he told the publication. "I don't view it that way. I'm about to buy my mom a house. I want my little brother and sister to finish school from there. It's never going to be goodbye. I'm very appreciative of where I came from, and I know I didn't get here by myself."

Barkley isn't the first celebrity to buy a home for their parents. Last year, Star Wars actor John Boyega revealed his first big purchase was a house for his "king and queen" to thank them for supporting him and his career.

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