A year ago, UNC running back Giovani Bernard delivered one of the most memorable Tar Heel football moments in recent history, maybe ever.
Yes, his electric punt return for a touchdown to push Carolina past NC State was a sight to behold. All who witnessed the events will tuck the memory away in one of their most cherished recollections, unless of course, you are a State fan.
But what is Gio authoring as an encore on this anniversary of ‘ The Return ‘ ? Well, he’s doing what Gio knows how to do best-find the end zone with cannonball-like power and athleticism.
Oh how Tar Heel nation envies the Cincinnati Bengals’ situation. Gio is now theirs. Just think if he had returned to don a Carolina blue uniform this season? Think things may have turned out a bit differently? But alas, Gio is in orange these days.
But everyone, and I mean everyone, needs to watch Gio’s magic Thursday night!
Click here and enjoy!http://chapelboro.com/columns/go-gio-go-tar-heel-star-continues-to-wow-in-nfl/
CINCINNATI – NFL rookie and former Tar Heel standout, Giovani Bernard found the goal line twice Monday night in his Cincinnati Bengals’ 20-10 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Bernard only touched the ball nine times, but made the most of those carries. In his eight rushes, he carried the ball 38 yards, including a seven-yard score. He also saw one pass from Andy Dalton that he carried 27 yards that broke the 10-10 tie and gave the Bengals the lead they never relinquished.
Bernard was even featured on the home page of ESPN with the caption “Giovani Bernard and the Bengals made the Steelers look old, slow and in decline.”
Gio and the Bengals are 1-1 this season with a 24-21 loss to Chicago week 1. Next up, Cincinnati travels to Green Bay on Sunday for a 1:00 p.m. kickoff against the Packers.http://chapelboro.com/sports/professional/bernard-scores-two-touchdowns-in-bengals-20-10-win/
Photo courtesy of Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
CINCINNATI – Tar Heel fans already knew about the magic of running back Giovani Bernard. But now, the rest of the nation is quickly beginning to discover his talents on the football field.
Now a Cincinnati Bengals running back, Bernard is already turning heads in his rookie NFL preseason. The 5-foot, 10-inch, 205 pounder has punched in two scores for touchdowns already in the first couple games for his new team.
In his latest performance, Bernard ran for more than five yards per carry. That is quite an impressive feat for someone who is supposed to just be getting his feet wet at the next level.
But Bernard says he’s not satisfied. He told reporters that he is a perfectionist and wants to always continue to improve his play.
One thing is for sure; Bengals fans and Tar Heel fans alike will be thrilled with the initial success of the spark plug runner who currently sits behind number-one running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.http://chapelboro.com/sports/professional/gio-shining-in-nfl-predebut/