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Bernard Berrian

26, Gurnee

Real-life role: Chicago Bears wide receiver
Starring in: Sixteen Candles

Dare we say Renaissance man? A fourth-year pro (and former Fresno State communication major), Berrian tied for the team lead in touchdowns last season and registered a highlight of highlights: leaping, then backflipping, into the end zone for a 33-yard touchdown in the NFC championship game against New Orleans. The score sparked a 21-point fourth quarter, catapulting the Bears to the Super Bowl. Off the field, the Winton, California, native is known for his bold attire, particularly his fedoras and fancy suits. “I’ve always wanted to dress nice and I always try to be unique,” Berrian says. “I’d love to start a clothing line. I want to do everything: casual, formal, uniforms, kids’ clothing.”

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In a dream world, who would you look like? Superfly. Dance like? MC Hammer. Cook like? Martin Yan. And sing like? Prince.

Name one thing that’s overrated: Breast implants.

Last time you Googled yourself? I have never Googled myself because there might be stuff on there I don’t want to know about from sports reporters. Besides, I figure I’ll find out one way or another.

Where would you like to get engaged? Paradise. Growing up, I envisioned it happening in a secluded place, under a waterfall. I doubt that will happen.

Gutsiest thing you’ve ever done? Probably date more than one woman at one time.

What do you do every day? Work out, watch movies, watch more movies, and spend time with my daughter.

Favorite movie hero? Superman. I’m old-school.

Most quotable movie line? “Assphincter says what?” from Wayne’s World or “Daaaaammmmmmnnnn!” from Friday.

Last movie that made you cry? I didn’t cry; I got teary-eyed. But it was A Time to Kill.

Most recommended book? The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne.

Who are you a secret groupie for? Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls.

When you’re alone, who do you play air guitar to? November Rain, by Guns N’ Roses.

What songs will be played at your wedding? Lost Without U, by Robin Thicke; Nothing Even Matters, by Lauryn Hill; I Gotta Be, by Jagged Edge; All My Life, by Jodeci; (Everything I Do) I Do It for You, by Bryan Adams.

What’s your go-to homemade meal? Barbecue: steak, chicken, ribs, whatever. I more or less try to keep the sauce pretty mild, because [not] everyone I cook for [likes] it spicy.

Fill in the blanks: Vacations are for me and whoever wants to have one hell of a time, not people who stay in the hotel all day long.

You pull a Ferris Bueller and call in sick on a beautiful July day. What do you do? I’m going to Europe somewhere.

How long is too long to spend looking for a parking spot? I’ll wait for a long time to find the closest spot. I’ll probably go at least 15 minutes.

Teacher’s pet or class clown? Class clown. Teachers were cool with it, though, because they knew I was a good student.

Childhood nickname? B or B Twice.

What did you think you’d be when you grew up? A football player. But my teachers always told me I should be a lawyer because I’d argue all the time. I still do.

Name one embarrassing thing you hide when guests are coming over: Nothing. I don’t get too embarrassed. If I have it out, it’s staying out.

Describe the state of your closet: Organized. I do it by type and colors. If it’s a button-down, it’s all in one section by color. My suits are all in one section. And the hangers all have to be facing toward the back.

What’s your power outfit? If it’s a date, some type of designer shoes, designer jeans, definitely some jewelry, probably a button-up blazer, probably one of my fedoras.

What’s too much to pay for jeans? I wouldn’t pay $500.

What’s in your pockets right now? Money, money clip, wallet, an old receipt from dinner last night.

Have you ever collected anything? Clothes.

Last time you jumped up and cheered? Probably last night. It was at a party and I was having a good time.

And the last time you told a lie? Yesterday. I was supposed to go to dinner and I lied about why I couldn’t make it.

Worst advice you’ve been given? “Do as I say, not as I do.” I hate that.

If you could give someone a talking-to, who would it be? George Bush.

What do you do when a server at a restaurant brings you a horrible dish? If it’s horrible, I’ll definitely send it back. I love food too much to eat horrible food.

What time is your alarm clock set for? It depends on the day. If it’s a workday, it’s set for 6:42 [a.m.].

And how many times do you hit the snooze button? I never do. If I sleep any later, I’ll be late, and I don’t want to get fined.

Dive bar or nightclub? Nightclub.

Drinks before 5 p.m.: always, sometimes, never? That would definitely be a “rarely to sometimes.”

What’s your remedy for a tough day? I don’t let things get to me. I don’t like to go and sulk about it.

What did you do on your best date? I cooked dinner (lobster and steak and vegetables), played some soft music, lit candles, and had the fireplace going.

What makes someone a Chicagoan? Warm, social, Midwest personality; the taste for deep-dish pizza; and can’t forget about the love for the Chicago Bears.

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