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Bernard Berrian (born December 27, 1980) is an American football wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the Chicago Bears in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Fresno State.

Early years

Berrian was born in Spainmarker, and grew up in Californiamarker while both of his parents served at Castle Air Force Basemarker. Bernard Berrian attended and played football for Atwater High School, in Atwater, Californiamarker.

High School: Was named Modesto Bee player of the year of 1998 ... Merced Sun-Star all-area selection ... named to Modesto Bee's all-district team ... Cal High All-Northern California team member ... known as an explosive two-way start for Atwater High School, which went 13-1 his senior year ... caught 53 passes for 1,276 yards and 16 touchdowns, including a 168-yard performance in the Sac-Joaquin Section championship game against Elk Grove ... also returned kickoffs and punts at AHS.

Fresno State: Will enter the 2003 season as one of the nation's top all-around weapons

(2002) Suffered a knee sprain returning a punt in the season opener at Wisconsin � he missed the rest of the season and redshirted � caught two passes for 54 yards and a touchdown against the Badgers before going down on the final play of the first quarter.

(2001) A first-team All-WAC wide receiver and returner � picked as a first-team All-American all-purpose player � averaged 17.5 yards every time he touched the ball � had 1,364 receiving yards, making him one of two Bulldogs two eclipse the 1,000-yard barrier � was 31st in the nation in receptions per game (5.9) and 13th in receiving yards per game (97.7) � became the WAC�s all-time single-season leader in all-purpose yards with 2,591 � he broke the record held by LaDainian Tomlinson of TCU and formerly held by Marshall Faulk of San Diego State, both of whom were running backs and had far more touches of the ball per game than Berrian � had a monster game against Nevada, racking up 357 yards in total offense, including a punt return for a touchdown and two touchdown receptions � caught nine passes for 94 yards against Michigan State in the Silicon Valley Football Classic � had 300 total yards against Wisconsin, including a 96-yard kickoff return to open the second half, guiding the Bulldogs to a 32-20 comeback win � had six 100-yard receiving games, including the last three in a row to end the regular season � had at least 180 all-purpose yards in 10 of FS�s 14 games.

(2000) A second-team All-WAC honoree ... Fresno State�s leading receiver last year with 43 catches for 705 yards � stepped into the spotlight against Nevada when he had five receptions for 102 yards, one touchdown catch and an 88-yard punt return for a touchdown � his efforts in the Nevada game were rewarded with WAC special teams player of the week honors � followed up the game against Nevada with 100-yard games against Tulsa, Hawai�i and TCU � showed his big-play capability with touchdown receptions of 51, 55 and 71 yards � had the Bulldogs� lone TD against No. 17 TCU � injured his ankle in the beginning of the third quarter against SMU, missing the remainder of that game and the San Jose State game � had a monster performance against Air Force in the Silicon Valley Football Classic, catching seven passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns, including one 51 yards in length.

(1999) Played in nine games, catching six passes for 58 yards � scored one touchdown, a 5-yard reception during Fresno State�s 47-18 victory over Rice � longest reception was a 26-yarder against San Jose State.

Professional career

Chicago Bear

The Chicago Bears selected Berrian with the 78th pick in the 3rd round of the 2004 NFL Draft.

Berrian spent a majority of his early years with the Bears as a back-up wide receiver and return specialist. His playtime increased during the 2005 Chicago Bears season, but an injury kept him sidelined for a portion of the season. Berrian returned to play during the Bears' NFC Divisional game against the Carolina Panthers, but eventually was forced to leave after sustaining an injury.

During the early half of the 2006 Chicago Bears season, Berrian emerged as one of the Bears's most productive receivers and sharpest deep-threat weapons. On November 5, 2006, Berrian suffered an injury to his ribs during a game against the Miami Dolphins. According to Berrian, he sustained the injury after hitting the ground during the very first play of the game. Berrian returned from the injury after missing only one game, but struggled at times. His surrogate, Mark Bradley, momentarily became the Bears' deep threat. Berrian finished the regular season as the Bears' second leading wide receiver, only a few catches behind team leader Muhsin Muhammad..

During the 2006 playoffs, in the divisional round game against the Seattle Seahawks, Berrian caught five passes for 105 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown pass. The Bears went on to win 27-24 in overtime. In the NFC championship game against the New Orleans Saints, Berrian lead the Bears with five receptions for 85 yards. He also made a clutch, 33-yard diving touchdown reception behind a jumping Fred Thomas, giving the Bears an eleven point lead, which contributed to their 39-14 victory. Well after the season's conclusion, the catch was named one of the Bears' top ten plays in 2006. Berrian played in Super Bowl XLI against the Indianapolis Colts, where he caught four passes for 38-yards.

Minnesota Vikings

On March 1, 2008 Berrian signed a six-year, $42 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings that included $16 million in guaranteed money.

On November 30, 2008, in a game against the Chicago Bears, Berrian caught a 99-yard touchdown pass from Gus Frerotte, tying an NFL record for the longest pass from scrimmage.

Charity work

In November 2008 Bernard pledged to donate up to $10,000 to Second Harvest Heartland, Minnesota's largest hunger-relief organization, to provide turkeys to hungry inner-city families for the holiday season. He donated $5,000 to Second Harvest Heartland to provide turkeys to local inner-city families for Thanksgiving.Berrian has expressed interest in participating in additional community outreach programs.

Personal

During a Monday Night Football appearances, Muhsin Muhammad revealed that Berrian's nickname is "B-twice". However, in a later interview with Fox News Chicagomarker, Berrian stated his teammates also call him, "California Cool". ChicagoBears.com's columnists and announcers also refer to Berrian as the "Silent Assassin".

Career statistics

Source: NFL.com
  Receiving Rushing Fumbles
Season Team GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2004 Chicago Bears 16 1 15 225 15.0 49T 2 8 28 3.5 25 0 - -
2005 Chicago Bears 11 2 13 246 18.9 54 0 2 31 15.5 37 0 1 0
2006 Chicago Bears 15 14 51 775 15.2 62 6 2 5 2.5 5 0 2 1
2007 Chicago Bears 16 15 71 951 13.4 59T 5 - - - - - 1 1
2008 Minnesota Vikings 16 13 48 964 20.1 99T 7 4 26 6.5 14 0 1 1
2009 Minnesota Vikings 7 7 24 252 10.5 36 2 - - - - - - -
Total 81 52 222 3,413 15.4 99T 22 16 90 5.6 37 0 5 3


References

  1. Berrian out 2-4 weeks with rib injury
  2. 2006 Chicago Bears Statistics
  3. Chicagobears.com, Top 10 Plays of 2006 Retrieved on March 22, 2007
  4. Indianapolis Colts vs. Chicago Bears - Box Score - February 04, 2007 - ESPN
  5. http://blog.2harvest.org/tag/bernard-berrian/
  6. http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS210032+24-Nov-2008+PRN20081124
  7. MyFox Chicago | Bears Receiver Bernard Berrian on the Game


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