Giovani Bernard Bio
Giovani Bernard was the first running back selected in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals (Round 2, 37th overall). As the most elusive back in the draft, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis saw an opportunity to add the missing element to a team that was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs each of the past two seasons. Coach Lewis suggests that Bernard isn’t just a home-run threat who can break a few long runs, but a back who could carry the ball 25 times a game and help the Bengals win by grinding it out.
The NFL fanbase has quickly taken of notice of Giovani as he was filmed throughout HBO’s series “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals.” Fantasy football owners across the nation have also recognized Giovani’s talents as his average draft position climbed the rankings to 61st overall on CBSSports.com and 77th overall on ESPN.com.
2013 NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Chris Carter was the first to take notice of Giovani’s skills, having been one of his Pop Warner coaches at home in South Florida. Carter planned for his son own son to attend St. Thomas Aquinas, a private school in Ft. Lauderdale with one of the successful NFL pipelines of any prep program in the country. Carter thought Bernard could play at that level too and he was correct. Giovani enjoyed success at St. Thomas Aquinas, which opened the door to a full scholarship offer from then-Head Coach Butch Davis of the University of North Carolina.
At UNC Giovani dominated the competition in the ACC and finished his career as one of the top running backs in UNC history. In 2012, Giovani set an ACC record with the highest all-purpose yards avg. per game in a single season (198.1 ypg) and had one of the most electrifying game winning punt returns in all of college football vs. rival NC State.
Giovani is committed to giving back to his community and is working closely with his brother Yvenson on The Bernard Brothers Foundation that will provide needed assistance to cancer-stricken families, having lost his own mother Josette to thyroid cancer in 1999.
When Giovani is not on the field making defenders miss he can be found spending time friends and family or playing with his Yorkshire Terrier “Scrappy.”