Rocky Bernard

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Rocky Bernard
Rocky-Bernard-2008-11-02-vsEagles.jpg
Bernard on November 2, 2008
No. --     Free agent
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-04-19) April 19, 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth: Baytown, Texas
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 301 lb (137 kg)
Career information
College: Texas A&M
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 5 / Pick: 146
Debuted in 2002 for the Seattle Seahawks
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Tackles 380
Sacks 33.0
INTs 0
Stats at NFL.com

Robert "Rocky" Eugene Bernard, Jr. (born April 19, 1979 in Baytown, Texas) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas A&M.

Professional career[edit]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Bernard was drafted by the Seahawks in the 5th round of the 2002 NFL Draft. Bernard was mostly used as a backup in his first three seasons in the league before becoming the starting right defensive tackle in 2005, earning 8.5 sacks with two more in the NFC Championship Game against the Carolina Panthers. Bernard amassed a total of forty-two tackles in the 2005 season.

On August 30, 2008, the National Football League suspended Bernard for the Seahawks' 2008 season opener for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Bernard was arrested in April on investigation of domestic violence. He allegedly punched his ex-girlfriend in the forehead. He lost $235,000 in salary for the suspension.[1]

New York Giants[edit]

On February 28, 2009, Bernard signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the New York Giants. The deal contains $6.9 million guaranteed, including a $5 million signing bonus and his first-year base salary.[2]

Bernard was released on July 28, 2011.[3] He was re-signed by the Giants on August 4. He earned a Super Bowl ring when the Giants defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. Following the season he became an unrestricted free agent.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hughes, Frank (2008-08-31). "Babineaux, Bernard suspended for Buffalo game". The News Tribune. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  2. ^ Rotoworld
  3. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg. "Release Tracker". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 29 July 2011.