The Bengals found a future star in running back Giovani Bernard, and he got star-like treatment this past week as he made the rounds among several national sports networks.
It began the night prior to the Super Bowl at the 2014 NFL Honors. Here, Bernard had the opportunity to meet Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk, and he too believes Gio is a special player who surprised everyone this year, including himself:
“I felt like he was a work-in-progress,” Faulk said. “I went up to him last night and said, ‘Kid, I felt like you could probably play at this level, but I didn’t think you would have an impact in the AFC North so soon.’
“He had a really good year. As an analyst, I have an opinion but it doesn’t mean that I’m always right. He’s special. He gave them the ability to stretch the field. He made the defense come up and they were able to throw the ball deep to A.J. (Green).”
It was here where Packers RB Eddie Lacy edged-out Gio for the NFL Rookie of the Year award, but eve he admitted his admiration of Bernard:
“He’s a flashy guy, a big playmaker. You get him out in space and the possibilities are endless,” Lacy said. “There are a lot of spectacular plays that he’s made and he’s going to continue to make them through his years in the NFL.”