February 23, 2020

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Diamond in the Rough: Amari Bernard

Amari Bernard is a 6’1 170lbs 4 star junior defensive back from East St. John High School in Reserve, Louisiana.

How long have you been playing football and what do you love about football?

I have been playing football since I was six years old and I thing that I like about football is that you get to run wild, have fun, and express your anger.

What are some life lessons you have learned from playing football?

I have learned about how working hard can help us achieve our goals in life and that it teaches us discipline, dedication, and determination.

What kind of football player are you?

I am an explosive football who likes to have fun and motivate my teammates by making big plays or even just talking with them.

Who are some of your biggest influences?

My biggest influences are Jalen Ramsey, Troy Polamalu, and my mother. The reason why they inspire me is because they worked hard for what they got now and they support their families.

What is your most memorable game?

The most memorable game I played in so far was just this past season against Destrehan, we lost 35-34 but we fought hard the whole game, it was a battle we just kept going back and forth.

Are there any other hobbies you enjoy besides football?

I enjoy spending time with my little brother by playing games and having fun in general.

What made you decide to play defensive back?

Being a defensive back you have to know and learn a lot of things that can benefit you. As a defensive back you have to have good physical skills, mental alertness, and discipline. You must have mental toughness as well because it is an absolute imperative. Overall I just love the challenge and the position.

What is your greatest strength on the football field?

My covering skills because I feel like I can lock down any wide receiver basically I am on a island with just me and the receiver.

What is a part of your game that you are trying to improve?

I need to get better at having a short term memory on whenever I let something bad happen on the field because as a defensive back you have to have a short memory because if you don’t then your career as a defensive back will be very short.

What are your goals for your senior year?

My goals for my senior years is to make it past the first round of the playoffs, commit to a school, and make it to the dome something East St. John hasn’t done since 1980 when they went undefeated and won the state championship.