Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 9/17/13
Heels in the Pro’s: Giovani Bernard If you are a UNC Football fan like I am, and you follow the former Heels at the next level, then last night’s Monday Night Football game must have been a heck of a treat, as Giovani Bernard presented himself to the NFL in a pretty special way. Really cool when good things happen to good people. @G_Bernard25's first NFL TD, but not his last. — Jones Angell (@JonesAngell) September 17, 2013 Bernard, who was the Cincinnati Bengals’ second round pick and the first back to be picked in the last NFL Draft, showed how versatile he can be, by scoring on the ground and through the air. The rookie out of Carolina rushed for 38 yards on 8 carries, but his 4.8 average was better than the 3.4 of his counterpart in the back field. While he only caught one pass, for 27 yards, he made it count, as he took the short pass to the end zone. “I saw green grass,” said Bernard, “Once you see green grass, you’ve got to take it. You don’t get many chances like that. When you do, you’ve got to take it.” How good was the former Tar Heel’s performance on his debut of Monday Night Football? Good enough that three main stream sports sites, (Sports Illustrated ~ ESPN ~ Fox) had him all over their front pages. Something, that if you watched the game, was very deserved. But while being on the front pages of internet sites is cool, the accolades that come from the team mates are definitely better, like the ones from quarterback Andy Dalton, that said this after the game of his tail back… “Gio’s done a good job,” Dalton said, “We drafted him to be versatile, move around the backfield and make big plays. And that’s exactly what we’ve gotten out of him.” I am sure that the Bengals fan are hoping that the former UNC Football stand out can become for them what he was for North Carolina in the two years that he started at tail back. Without a doubt one game does not make a career, but for those that have followed Giovani Bernard in college know that the talent to be a good back in the National Football League is all there and then some. For those of you that play fantasy football, Bernard’s two touchdowns along with 38 rushing yards and 27 on one catch would have gotten you 17 points in a regular FFL league. You won’t have to wait long for Bernard’s next game, as he will be back in action Sunday as the Bengals host the Packers.

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