‘Real Recognize Real’ As LeBron Reps Shirt Featuring New York Football Star
When LeBron James is wearing a shirt with your face on it, you know you've made it big.
Now, let me clarify. It's not a secret that Saquon Barkley has "made it big" in the sports world. The former No. 2 overall pick has made over $26 million in his career, and has 2.2 million followers on Instagram. Oh yeah, and he's pretty good at football, too.
That being said, there's "made it" level of notoriety, and there's LeBron James. King James is what every American athlete strives to be, like him or not. James manages to be one of the best basketball players of all-time, an actor and social media icon, an entrepreneur and investor, and a husband and father with little to no blemishes in his personal reputation.
So, when your face lands on the chest of King James, you've made it to another level.
Here's the tweet from the New York Giants' team account...
This isn't just any shirt featuring Saquon Barkley. This isn't a jersey, isn't a "shirsey", or even a Giants-branded item of clothing. This is a Nike t-shirt, with a casually-dressed Saquon Barkley doing a "mean mug" to the camera. And of course, LeBron is replicating the face to the camera.
In my eyes, this post says a lot about the impact that Saquon Barkley has, not just on football, but on pop culture, something that LeBron is excellent at. Aligning your personal "brand" to King James is a fantastic way to gain new fans, and I'm sure Saquon Barkley gained a few after this Instagram post went live.