The first running back selected in the 2013 Draft, Bernard made an immediate impact on Bengals offense and was rated among the NFL’s top rookies ... His 1209 yards from scrimmage ranked second on team, behind WR A.J. Green, and his total was second-most in Bengals history by a rookie, behind only 1388 by HB Corey Dillon in 1997 ... Bernard’s 56 receptions were franchise’s most by any RB, rookie or veteran, and his 514 receiving yards were third-most for any RB ... He rushed for 4.1-yard average (170-695) and scored eight TDs (five rushing, three receiving) ... Showed the ability to create highlight-reel plays in the open field ... Led the team in offensive touches (226) ... Selected to All-Rookie team by Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in second round of 2013 NFL Draft (37th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-23-13.
2013 general: Played in Games 1-16, rushing 170-for-695 (4.1) with five TDs and catching 56-for-514 and three TDs ... His 56 catches set team record for a RB, surpassing 55 by James Brooks in 1985 ... The only two reception yards totals by a Bengals RB to top Bernard’s 514 have been 686 by Brooks in 1986 and 576 by Brooks in 1985 ... Third on team in total TDs (eight) and second on team in receptions (56).
2013 game highlights: Rushed four-for-22 and had one catch for eight yards in NFL debut Sept. 8 at Chicago ... On Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh, became first Bengals rookie to score rushing and receiving TD in same game since FB Craig Taylor in 1989, logging seven-yard rushing score and 27-yard receiving TD ... Led team in yards from scrimmage (99) on Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay, rushing 10-for-50 with TD and catching four-for-49 ... Led team in scrimmage yards (75) Sept. 29 at Cleveland, rushing 10-for-37 with six-for-38 receiving ... Led team in yards from scrimmage (69) for third consecutive week Oct. 6 vs. New England, rushing 13-for-62 with two-for-seven receiving ... On Oct. 13 at Buffalo, had 100 scrimmage yards (72 receiving and 28 rushing), scoring 20-yard TD on shovel pass in second quarter and adding key 23-yard receiving gain in OT ... On Oct. 20 at Detroit, had key eight-yard reception as time was ticking down to set up game-winning FG ... On Oct. 31 at Miami, scored two TDs, including 35-yard highlight reel effort on which he appeared to be stopped for a loss but reversed field and slipped multiple tackles en route to end zone ... Led team in scrimmage yards (86) on Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, rushing 10-for-45 (4.5) and catching four-for-41 ... On Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis, rushed for team season-high 99 yards on 12 carries (8.3) and caught four-for-49, leading team in scrimmage yards with personal season-high of 148 ... His two-for-47 receiving Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota included another highlight-reel effort — 41 yards on a screen pass to Vikings’ seven ... Logged 118 scrimmage yards in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-14 vs. San Diego (12-45 rushing and 7-73 receiving).
College: Played two seasons (2011-12) at North Carolina, after taking a redshirt year in 2010 due to knee injury ...Scored 31 TDs over his two campaigns and set school record for yards-per-rush (5.9) ... Rushed for 2481 yards and added 852 more as a receiver (92 catches) ... First UNC player since Natrone Means in 1990-91 to produce back-to-back 1000-yard rushing seasons (1253 and 1228) ... Consistent performer who averaged 107.9 rushing yards and 144.9 yards from scrimmage per game ... Scored 19 TDs in his 10 games in ’12, including two on punt returns, and finished second in voting for ACC Player of the Year ... In 2011, joined Amos Lawrence (1977) as only freshman tailbacks in UNC history to earn first-team All-ACC.
Personal: Hometown is Boca Raton, Fla. ... Attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he was rated the No. 2 RB in Florida by the Orlando Sun-Sentinel, helping guide Raiders to consecutive Class 5A state titles as a sophomore and junior, followed by a 13-1 season as a senior ... Exercise and Sport Science major at North Carolina ... Older brother, Yvenson, was an All Pac-10 tailback at Oregon State and played in CFL ... Son of Haitian immigrants who established a dry cleaning business in Boca Raton ... Traveled to Haiti during 2014 offseason for community work activities ... In 2011, when he made successful comeback from serious 2010 knee injury (ACL tear), he won Atlantic Coast Conference’s Brian Piccolo Award, for player displaying most courage ... First name is pronounced “jee-o-VAHN-ee.”
Packers running back Eddie Lacy may have won the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year, but Bengals running back Giovani Bernard got a consolation pat on the back from a Hall of Famer.
After Giovani Bernard's career game charged the Bengals 42-21 victory over the Colts on Sunday, these were the two names buzzing around the Rookie of the Year candidate: James Brooks and Ray Rice.
Both Bennie and The Jet stood tall in Sunday's 13-6 victory over the Patriots at sold-out Paul Brown Stadium.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard talks about meeting his NFL heroes at the "NFL Honors" and how playing football in the NFL is like two-hand-touch school-yard ball.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard talks about losing both offensive and defensive coordinators and also discusses how quarterback Andy Dalton deals with all the criticism.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard takes a short pass from quarterback Andy Dalton and turns it into a big 41-yard gain against the Minnesota Vikings.