It’s a special day for rookie running back Giovani Bernard, who signed his first NFL contract after the Cincinnati Bengals selected him 37th-overall out of North Carolina in last month’s draft. It didn’t always look like Bernard would make it to the NFL. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee during his third day of fall practice and redshirted the 2010 season. Nevertheless, Bernard worked hard to return to the field and become one of the most dynamic backs in college football over the past two seasons, and all of his hard work finally culminated on Day 2 of the 2013 NFL Draft, as he sat with friends and family as he was drafted into the NFL:
For Bernard, his lifelong journey to the NFL is now complete, and now he begins his journey of becoming the best player he can possibly become.