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Antonio Pierce

Antonio Pierce at the New York Giants Super Bowl champions parade in NYC.
No. 58     New York Giants
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: October 26, 1978 (1978-10-26) (age 31)
Place of birth: Ontario, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 238 lb (108 kg)
Career information
College: Arizona
Undrafted in 2001
Debuted in 2001 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Tackles     631
Sacks     8.0
Interceptions     7
Stats at NFL.com

Antonio Durran Pierce[1] (born October 26, 1978 in Ontario, California) is an American football middle linebacker on the National Football League's New York Giants.

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Early years

Pierce played high school football at Paramount High School in Paramount, California. He played two years of football at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, California, before transferring to the University of Arizona. As a senior at Arizona, he had three sacks, 77 tackles (ten for losses), two forced fumbles, one interception, and one blocked kick.

Pierce was not taken in the 2001 NFL Draft after his senior year at Arizona because many NFL scouts considered him too undersized to play linebacker in the NFL.[2]

Professional career

Antonio Pierce (#58) attempts to tackle Vince Young (#10) in the 2007 Pro Bowl

The Washington Redskins signed him as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2001. He played in all 16 games as a rookie, with only seven starts. He recorded 52 tackles and one interception during his rookie campaign. The interception came against Jake Plummer. Over the next two seasons, Pierce played sporadically, recording only 18 and 15 tackles respectively, during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. It wasn't until the 2004 season, his fourth in the league, that he played a full season replacing the injured Micheal Barrow.[3] That season Pierce logged a career high 114 tackles, 95 of them solo. He also had two interceptions, one of which was a pick off Ken Dorsey that he returned 76 yards for a touchdown, and a forced fumble.

The New York Giants signed him on March 3, 2005 to start at inside linebacker. He became the captain of the defense, and in 13 games, Pierce notched 100 tackles, 80 of them solo, two interceptions and one forced fumble returned for a touchdown. His 2005 season ended early as he suffered a leg injury, against the Philadelphia Eagles, and missed the final three regular season games and the Giants' only postseason game, a 23-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

In 2006, Pierce recorded a career-high 138 tackles (109 solo), a sack, an interception, and defended eight passes. Pierce was named as a first alternate for the Pro Bowl. He was invited to play in Hawaii after Brian Urlacher suffered a toe injury in Super Bowl XLI, and withdrew from the Pro Bowl.

Personal

Pierce is married to Jocelyn and the father of four. He currently resides in Monroe Township, NJ.

Inspired by his own experiences growing up in Compton, it has become his mission to improve the quality of life for the youth in the Long Beach/Compton area. For several years, Pierce has offered a free football camp for underprivileged youths.

In 2006, Pierce became the spokesperson for Giants Academy—a program for inner city youth geared toward helping these children succeed despite obstacles in their life. He is also involved in the "Read Across America" program where he reads to children whose parents are undergoing treatment for chemical dependency at the Odyssey House in Harlem.

In 2007, Pierce received the "United Way Man of the Year" award and was honored by the Catholic Diocese for his support of the community.

Pierce was honored at the 2008 ESPY awards along with the Giants.

Legal Troubles

Pierce was present when teammate Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the thigh at the Latin Quarter Night Club in New York City on November 28, 2008.[4] Police say that Pierce drove Burress to the hospital and then returned home with the gun in his glove compartment. The police impounded Pierce's SUV to search for blood and gunpowder residue.[5] Burress has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon; however Pierce was not indicted on any charges. On August 3, 2009, Antonio Pierce was cleared of all criminal charges stemming from Plaxico Buress weapons charge.[6]

Broadcasting

Pierce served as a communications intern on the Howard Stern Show on May 7, 2008. He stated he would like to pursue a career in broadcasting after his NFL career.[7] Near the end of the day's show he asked to stay for the remainder of the week and Howard agreed.[8]

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