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Giovani Bernard not looking for attention, just wins

Bengals' Bernard celebrates his touchdown against the Steelers during the second half of play in their NFL football game at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati AP

During last night’s win over the Steelers, it seemed no one could get a hand on Bengals rookie Giovani Bernard.

After the game, everyone wanted a piece of him.

But after a breakout performance on a national stage, the young running back tried to shrug the spotlight off himself.

“It’s always good to get a win,” Bernard said, via Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “That’s how I am, I have always been the type of guy to always want to win. Personal statistics aren’t that much to me. We came out with a win and we needed this one.”

And the Bengals needed Bernard. While he has star ability, he was drafted as a complement to BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and has fit nicely into an offense with multiple weapons.

He scored twice last night, averaging 4.8 yards per carry, and showing his burst on a 27-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, taking a dump-off from Andy Dalton and breaking a 10-10 tie.

“He’s a big-play guy,” Dalton said. “You see what he can do with it when he has the ball in open space. It’s good to get a guy like that. That’s why we drafted him where we did and so it’s a big part of this offense and where we want to be.”

While he’s not going to be an every down back, and the Bengals have plenty of other weapons in the passing game, he’s averaging 6.8 yards per touch in two games.

“The biggest thing is once you get your opportunity you have to shine,” Bernard said. “Benny got his opportunity, he shined. Once I got my opportunity I got to make plays. . . .

“As long as we win I’m happy, going to sleep happy. Then coming back tomorrow without coaches yelling at us.”

That desire to fit in might be his most impressive quality at the moment, among the many.

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10 Responses to “Giovani Bernard not looking for attention, just wins”
  1. cornernum23 says: Sep 17, 2013 8:30 AM

    Really got to like this kid on Hard Knocks. I hope to see the other rookies from that show do well like he has thus far.

  2. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Sep 17, 2013 9:16 AM

    Welcome to the NFL, Gio. Look forward to many more wins. Who dey!

  3. aa1829 says: Sep 17, 2013 10:14 AM

    We look forward to stuffing you at the line this weekend. Too bad all you care about is wins, that won’t be happening this weekend. The pretenders are exposed on Sunday as a slightly above average team in their division, but nothing compared to AR and the mighty Packers. Go Pack!

  4. richiebburg says: Sep 17, 2013 11:11 AM

    As soon as the Bengals move Gio to the feature back and use BGE as the short yardage back they move to the next level.

  5. eagles512 says: Sep 17, 2013 11:30 AM

    Agree with richie. He can be the feature guy.

  6. Dis_Hub says: Sep 17, 2013 11:48 AM

    This guy sat behind Carl Cook in H.S. and Cook outran him 3-1 in YPG for Junior and Sr. year. he’s a flash in the pan.

  7. tlshow says: Sep 17, 2013 12:16 PM

    Where is this unknown Carl Cook? Must have been a flash in the pan!

  8. adamsa79 says: Sep 17, 2013 12:47 PM

    Is Dis_Hub really talking about High School? High School? …High School dude? The difference between high school and the pros is like trying to compare a Boy Scout to a Navy SEAL… You have no clue what Gio is going to do at this level and to say he will be a flash in the pan further more shows how uninformed you are about football.. So when you’re done trolling HS web sites you can join the rest of us watching the NFL

  9. bengalsneedagm says: Sep 18, 2013 6:26 AM

    “This guy sat behind Carl Cook in H.S. and Cook outran him 3-1 in YPG for Junior and Sr. year. he’s a flash in the pan.”

    ——————————

    Writes: Carl Cook.

    Now back to flippin’ burgers Carl, you’re 10 minutes of fame are over.

  10. bengalsfan05 says: Sep 18, 2013 8:37 AM

    Dis_Hub=Carl Cook. It’s OK man cheer for for your former teammate. Don’t be such a hater.

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