It's been an uphill battle of New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley, as he continues to rehab from a season-ending ACL injury he sustained earlier in the campaign. The 23-year-old recently opened up about how his road to recovery has been so far, and as it turns out, Detroit Lions veteran RB Adrian Peterson has played a huge role in helping him cope with the situation at hand.

Peterson, who himself went through a similar injury earlier in his career, reached out to Barkley to provide him with some much needed advice.

“Someone who’s really important to me would be ‘AP,’ ’’ Barkley said, via Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post.

“Obviously, when you hear this injury, the first person that comes to your mind is the season that ‘AP’ had,’’ Barkley said. “He put me in contact with his trainer, [and] I was able to ask him a lot of questions. Also, I think the day before surgery, I got to chat with ‘AP’ for a very long time. I could see myself continuing to chat with him throughout.’’

Barkley tore his ACL in New York's Week 2 matchup against the Chicago Bears, and it wasn't long before the Giants announced that he was done for the season. There was a ton of expectations on the young star's shoulders, and he was expected to be one of New York's key players this term.

Kudos to Peterson here who went out of his way to not only provide encouragement for an embattled Saquon Barkley, but more importantly, for proving that beyond the competition, the NFL is always going to be a brotherhood.