Whitehall High School will retire Saquon Barkley's number

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By , Audacy Sports

Whitehall High School plans to retire Saquon Barkley's number during halftime of their matchup with Liberty High School on Sept. 10, as noted by Keith Groller of The Morning Call.

While Barkley has starred at both Penn State and with the New York Giants using No. 26, he wore No. 21 during his high school career.

Barkley graduated from Whitehall High School -- whose nickname is the "Zephyrs" -- in the spring of 2015. Barkley rushed for 1,851 yards in his senior season in 2014, playing against the likes of Parkland High School, Easton High School, Bethlehem Catholic High School and Northampton High School, among others.

Seven years after he last played a football game in the Lehigh Valley, Barkley is entering a crucial fourth season in the NFL. The former No. 2 overall pick won the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2018, rushing for 1,307 yards and hauling in 91 passes. However, injuries -- including a torn ACL that he suffered in Week 2 of the 2020 season -- have limited the 24-year-old to just 15 of a possible 32 regular season games over the last two years.

In theory, the Giants should take a major step forward in the second season of the Joe Judge era. Barkley is back healthy, the team signed former Detroit Lions wideout Kenny Golladay and used their first-round pick on former Florida wide receiver Kadarius Toney. If the Giants don't compete for the NFC East title in 2021, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for general manager Dave Gettleman, quarterback Daniel Jones and perhaps even Barkley.

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