Up close and personal

Bernard Berrian might have been a first-round pick if he had entered the draft in 2002, so the Bears might have found a bargain in the third-round.

With the selection of Berrian there are now three Fresno State Bulldogs on the roster along with Cameron Worrell and Bryan Robinson.

"Isn't it great," Berrian said. "We're making some noise. Fresno State is well represented on this team. The best part is that I'm coming in here already knowing Cameron and Bryan. We were friends in Fresno and we're friends here. It's really helped me in my adjustment to the Bears and to living in the Midwest."

The 6-foot-1 183-pound WR/Return Specialist was born December 12,1980, the son of Sallie and Joseph Berrian. His brother Tony runs track for Arizona State. Bernard attended Atwater, California, High School and was named Player of the Year in 1988.

During his 2003 season at Fresno State, Berrian was selected third team All-American as an all-purpose back by The NFL Draft Report. In 2001, he tallied 2776 yards, a school record. After tearing the medial collateral ligament in his right knee against Wisconsin in the first game of the 2002,Berrian had to sit out the rest of the season. Back at full strength once more, Berrian led his team in 2003 with 63 receptions for 668 yards.

Berrian comes to the Bears with a reputation as a big play artist who excels at catching the ball returning kickoffs and punts and coming out of the backfield on reverses. He has game breaking speed and impressive leaping ability.

What was your first car?
A '76 VW Bug. I loved it.

What was your first job? This is it.
What a great way to start.

Who is your role model?
My dad.

Your best friend on the team?
That would be Cameron Worrell.

Favorite food?
That's easy-everything!

Favorite movie?

What TV show do you watch most?
Dave Chappell.

What's your first football memory?
Back in Pop Warner, I was laid out on the field. I was holding for the kicker and there was a bad snap. The defense pounded me.

What about life after football?
I've always been interested in counseling.

What was your college major?

Married? Nope.
I'm single.

Where do you live off-season?
I grew up in California, but I'm planning a permanent move here.

Your pet peeve?
Loud noise and pointless conversations.

How do you like to spend your off time?
With my two-year old daughter.

Current car?
A Denali.

How do you relax?
I watch TV.

What's your work ethic?
I'm very competitive.

Your strength?
Speed and the ability to see the ball.

What do you need to work on?
My lower body strength.

Favorite sport other than football?

Favorite video game?
I'm not into that at all.

What do you like for breakfast?
Omelets of any kind.

Favorite football play?
Any time I have the ball.

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