Vikings’ Berrian kicks off season with a win

The NFL season kicks off Thursday night on prime time, but before Brett Favre takes on Drew Brees, it was a different NFL matchup that grabbed America’s attention earlier in the week. Minnesota Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian and San Francisco 49ers cheerleader Amber Wright collaborated to win some serious cash for their respective charities on the NBC game show Minute to Win It.

Berrian and Wright were in midseason form as they collected $125,000 Tuesday night by competing in simple games with household items. The collaboration between the two NFC foes was something to see as Berrian and Wright swatted paper balls back and forth in a game called “Office Tennis” and surgically removed all the red balls from a circle in “Marbles Grande.” Berrian, when asked about his chemistry with Wright, said, “My teammate was great! We are both extremely competitive and we definitely made a good team!”

Berrian was playing for Second Harvest Heartland; Wright for Bay Area Women’s Sport Initiative (BAWSI).

Berrian was not kidding. The duo made such quick work of “Marbles Grande” that host Guy Fieri couldn’t keep up with them to commentate, becoming tongue-tied in the play-by-play.

Minute to Win It is not Berrian’s only acting gig. He has also been Chad Ochocinco‘s wing man in The Ultimate Catch. Berrian joked that he wasn’t aware there was so much work to reality. When I asked Bernard about dedicating his offseason to the show, he said, “I had a great time filming The Ultimate Catch this summer. It was a really interesting experience, but I’m glad I got a chance to see what goes into making a reality show. Chad’s a cool guy, the girls were great, we all had a lot of fun!”

— Tiffany Shine

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