Top Stories of 2013: No. 8, Our Little Football Ninja

Andy Lyons

Continuing our top-ten stories of 2013, we come to a rookie running back that we've dubbed "our little football ninja". It fits.

Thank you, Carson Palmer. For if you had not demanded a trade, the Bengals wouldn't have gotten one of their biggest offensive play-makers outside of A.J. Green. During the second round of the 2013 NFL draft, the Bengals selected running Giovani Bernard. By the end of the season, Bernard generated 1,209 yards from scrimmage, scoring eight touchdowns (five rushing, three receiving) and averaging 5.3 yards per touch.

I was going to write a couple of paragraphs about his importance to the team, what he brings in any situation and how versatile he is. Then I said screw it. I'll just show you.

Gio-1_medium

Giovani_medium

Bernard_medium

Gio_vikes_medium

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Cincy Jungle

You must be a member of Cincy Jungle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cincy Jungle. You should read them.

Join Cincy Jungle

You must be a member of Cincy Jungle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cincy Jungle. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker