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HBO's Hard Knocks has proven time and again to be a goldmine for interesting stories about players off the field. 2013 was no different, giving us more great information, including an introduction to Giovani Bernard's girlfriend Chloe Call.
Giovani Bernard and Chloe Call have been together since 2012 while attending the University of North Carolina. Chloe helped her boyfriend get around his rookie camp with the Bengals, by loaning him a minivan owned by her mother. Taking a page from Alfred Morris in Washington who is driving a 1991 sedan, Bernard said he preferred the minivan to taking on huge car payments. A rare sign of financial responsibility from a rookie in the NFL.
With more nights like Bernard's breakout performance on Monday Night Football in week 2 against the Steelers, Bernard is going to put himself in a position to never have to worry about car payments again. Bernard and the Bengals are gearing up to take on the Packers in a game sure to garner more national attention for the first year back. We'll keep an eye out for a cutaway to Call in the stands during the game after a Bernard TD.
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Question for fantasy nerds like us out there: After Calvin, is AJ Green the first wide receiver off the board? He's gotta be, right? If that's the case, then it's more than time for us to find out about AJ Green's girlfriend Miranda Brooke (and yes, I see you people in Cincinnati screaming he should have been covered years ago,... we're getting to it).
Miranda Brooke is a singer signed to Island Def Jam records who has had moderate success in the hip hop/R&B arena (see one of her videos below). The couple has been together since at least AJ Green's rookie year when he told a Bengals.com writer that Brooke would one day be more famous than him. The couple was photographed together attending the Pro Bowl in his rookie season of 2011-2012. On July 18, 2013, AJ Green took to Twitter with the news that we can now refer to his former girlfriend now as AJ Green's fiance Miranda Brooke.
Couldn't have dreamt of a better woman to spend the rest of my life with!!! @mirandabrooke_ you complete me! Engaged!
Speaking of Twitter, we sleuthed around and noticed that Brooke followed not only AJ Green, but also AJ Green's brother, and AJ Green's barber, which means,... well, you know,.... Wait, what? That doesn't mean anything?
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After battling his way through an injury plagued start to his career missing both the 2007 and bulk of the 2008 seasons due to injury. And no one can forget the 2011-2012 season for Penn State which overshadowed the end of Still's career in Happy Valley.
Fortunately for Still, he's finally found motivation and focus to keep him from being distracted. Devon Still and his longtime girlfriend Channing Smythe became parents to a girl in April, 2010. Lehsari who goes by Leah, provides Still the inspiration to excel and walk on stage with the commissioner next week and he says as much in an interview with the Sun Gazette:
"That [Leah] was my main motivation, my biggest motivation just to know that I'm playing for her livelihood. I wasn't going to let nobody go out there and stop me from being able to provide for my daughter."
Still also acknowledges that none of his success happens without his girlfriend Channing Smythe helping to take care of Leah at home and during the season, home meant at a small off campus apartment. There's not much else known about Channing, though we fully expect to see her in the green room with Still next Thursday night. By then, we hope to have some pictures to share with you.