Former New York Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce is a NFL analyst for ESPN. He appears on NFL Live, SportsCenter and other programs. In addition, he often provides analysis on 98.7 ESPN New York.
Pierce announced he was joining ESPN in August 2010, the same day he announced his retirement from pro football.
During his nine-year NFL career, Pierce played 137 regular season games (and seven playoff games) with the Washington Redskins (2001-04) and New York Giants (2005-09). Pierce captained the Giants’ defense for five seasons, including 2007 when he helped anchor the championship team that upset the previously undefeated New England Patriots for a victory in Super Bowl XLII. He was also named to the Pro Bowl that season.
Signed by the Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2001, Pierce finished his career with 687 tackles, nine sacks and seven interceptions.
A native of Long Beach, Calif., Pierce played college football at the University of Arizona. As a senior, he had three sacks, 77 tackles (10 for losses), two forced fumbles, one interception, and one blocked kick for the Wildcats. Prior to Arizona, Pierce attended Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.
Beyond his on-field accomplishments, Pierce was the spokesperson for the Giants Academy inner city youth program in 2006, and he works hard for a number of not-for-profit organizations, including YMCA, DARE, Cystic Fibrosis, My Sisters Place, ASC Football Camp, City Meals on Wheels and Make a Wish Foundation. Pierce received the United Way’s Man of the Year award in 2007 and was honored by Minority Athletes Networking Inc (M.A.N) as its 2008 ‘MAN of the Year,’ for his excellence in the community. In 2011, Pierce was named to the California Community College Athletics Association’s Hall of Fame.
In addition to his analyst work, Pierce was named head football coach at Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High School in 2014. He has a 16-4 record in two seasons at one of California’s most accomplished programs. Pierce’s son De’Andre played for him and will play college football at Boise State this fall.