When new Bucs RB Giovani Bernard appeared earlier than the media through Zoom on Wednesday, he donned just some scruff as facial hair, and never the fabled mustache that helped make him an web sensation over the past calendar 12 months. Laughing, Bernard advised the story of his well-known ‘stache and what prompted him to shave it off after the 2020 season.
“It began off in quarantine, I’m positive everybody had a bizarre factor occurring in quarantine final 12 months,” Bernard mentioned, smiling broadly. “I don’t learn about most guys, however once I shave, I usually simply do random issues with my facial hair. So I simply saved the ‘stache, and my spouse checked out me and he or she mentioned, ‘it appears kinda cool, I prefer it’. I simply let it trip all through the season, then I took the crew photos, and guys simply fell in love with it.
“Then it hit social media and I simply couldn’t let it go. The season glided by, and I feel it was mid-January, I used to be like ‘alright, it’s time to go, this factor is changing into means too ridiculous’. It was like nearly robust for me to breathe at that time, so I lower if off. I wanna say it was like my COVID protector, like my virus filter. It mighta helped me out slightly bit, who is aware of.”
Bernard brings his good-natured character and professionalism to Tampa Bay after eight seasons in Cincinnati. The West Palm Seashore, FL native was one of many extra dependable gamers on some tumultuous Bengals groups, standing out principally as a receiver and go protector. Bernard caught 342 passes for two,867 yards and 11 touchdowns throughout his time in Cincy, together with 47 catches for 355 yards and three touchdowns from the Bengals revolving door at quarterback final season. Now he’ll take his sport, sans mustache, to Tampa Bay, the place he ought to slot in completely.