The veteran defensive tackle signed with the team before this week’s minicamp, rejoining the Super Bowl champs for his fourth season with the team and 11th overall in the NFL.
“It’s great to be back in the building and working with the guys again,” Bernard said on Thursday as players packed up their lockers for the break before training camp. “I had kind of an inkling I’d be back.”
Bernard, who played in all 20 games (including postseason) last year, returned to find another familiar face on the other side of the locker room. A 12-year vet himself, defensive tackle
Bernard, from Sterling High School in Baytown, and Rogers, of La Porte High School, carried their rivalry over to college. Rogers played at Texas while Bernard was drafted out of Texas A&M.
And together, they prove everything is bigger in The Lone Star State.
“We grew up probably 10 minutes from each other, so I’ve known Shaun for a long time,” Bernard, weighing in at 301 pounds, said of the 350-pound Rogers. “It’s been cool. He was one of our rival schools in high school and he went to Texas, I went to A&M. So it’s pretty cool to be playing with him now after all the hated rivalry.
“We see each other usually in the offseason all the time down in Houston. I saw him, actually, before I signed here a couple weeks ago. So it was just like seeing him again.”
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