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Bernard Berrian
File:Bernard Berrian.jpg
Bernard Berrian at the Vikings 2008 Training Camp.
No. --     Free Agent
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-12-27) December 27, 1980 (age 41)
Place of birth: Barcelona, Spain
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
College: Fresno State
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 3 / Pick: 78
Debuted in 2004 for the Chicago Bears
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Tied record for longest touchdown pass (99 yards, against the Chicago Bears on November 30, 2008)
  • Led NFL in yards per Reception in 2008 (20.1)
  • NFC Champion
Career NFL statistics as of 2011
Receptions     288
Receiving Yards     4,122
Receiving TDs     24
Stats at

Bernard Berrian (born December 27, 1980) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. 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 Spain,[1] and grew up in California while both of his parents served at Castle Air Force Base. Berrian attended and played football for Atwater High School, in Atwater, California.

Professional career

Chicago Bears (2004-2007)

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.[2] 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.[3]

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 Chicago 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.[4] Well after the season's conclusion, the catch was named one of the Bears' top ten plays in 2006.[5] Berrian played in Super Bowl XLI against the Indianapolis Colts, where he caught four passes for 38 yards.[6] Berrian was in the last year of his contract with the Bears and the Bears chose not to put a franchise tag on Berrian. The Bears had to wait until the Free Agency period on February 29, 2008 for Berrian to become a unrestricted free agent and negotiate a new contract.

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Berrian (top right, 87) and Brian Dawkins in January, 2009.

Minnesota Vikings (2008 - 2011)

After becoming a unrestricted free agent and negotiations with the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders. On March 1, 2008, Berrian signed a six-year, $42 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings that included $16 million in guaranteed money.

His first touchdown as a Viking was against the New Orleans Saints which tied up the game 27-27 they would later win that game 30-27. He lead all wideouts with 102 yards off a career playoff-high nine catches. He also caught an 86 yard catch and run against the Lions. 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. He also returned punts and he returned one for 82 yards against the Arizona Cardinals. He also caught a 49 yard touchdwon against the Houston Texans. Berrian had the highest average per. catch that NFL season with 20.1 yards per catch. Berrian finished the season with 48 catches, 964 yards and 7 touchdowns. (50 catches for exactly 1,000 yards and 7 touchdowns including the playoffs.) In 2009, with the acquisition of 20-year veteran quarterback Brett Favre, Berrian became one of the deep threats of the wide receiver core along with Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin and Visanthe Shiancoe. He struggled with a hamstring injury that bothered him all season long. He ended the season with 55 catches for 618 yards and 4 touchdowns, 2 touchdowns in the series with the Green Bay Packers, and 2 in the games with the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens. In the NFC Championship Berrian recorded 9 receptions for 102 yards.

In 2010, the 7-year veteran finished with 28 receptions, for 252 yards, and no touchdowns. It was his lowest season in his entire career. His best performance of the season came against the Arizona Cardinals where he caught 9 passes for 91 yards.

On October 24, 2011, Berrian was released by the Vikings.[7]

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.[8] Berrian has expressed interest in participating in additional community outreach programs.[9]

Berrian was a contestant on NBC's Minute to Win It on September 7, 2010 where he was playing to win money for the Second Harvest Heartland.[10]


During a Monday Night Football appearance, Muhsin Muhammad revealed that Berrian's nickname is "B-twice". However, in a later interview with Fox News Chicago, Berrian stated his teammates also call him, "California Cool".[11]'s columnists and announcers also refer to Berrian as the "Silent Assassin".[12] He is friends with Chad Johnson and appeared occasionally on his dating show Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch.

Career statistics


  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 16 15 55 618 11.6 40 4 - - - - - - -
2010 Minnesota Vikings 14 12 28 252 9.0 30 0 1 -8 -8.0 -8 0 - -
Total 104 72 281 4,031 14.3 99T 24 17 82 4.8 37 0 5 3


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