|Antonio Pierce Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 1 in|
|Date of Birth||October 26, 1978|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Antonio Pierce is an American football coach and former linebacker who played college football for the Arizona Wildcats. He later served as the interim head coach and linebackers coach for the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League (NFL).
Antonio Durran Pierce
Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Palos Verdes Estates, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Antonio Pierce attended Paramount High School, a comprehensive public high school located in Paramount, California. During his time there, he played high school football. Afterward, he joined Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) situated in Walnut, California and played football for two years.
He later transferred to the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.
Football Coach, Former Football Player
- Father – Cleo Burrows
Interim head coach & linebackers coach
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, he has a net worth of $25 Million as of 2023.
6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm
108 kg or 238 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Antonio Pierce has dated –
- Jocelyn Pierce (2008-Present) – He got married to Jocelyn Pierce in the year 2008.
Note – He fathers 7 children.
Race / Ethnicity
Antonio Pierce is of Bermudian descent on his father’s side.
Antonio Pierce Facts
- He secured three sacks, 77 tackles (ten for losses), two forced fumbles, one interception, and one blocked kick as a senior at the University of Arizona.
- After his senior year at the University of Arizona, Antonio Pierce went undrafted in the 2001 NFL Draft as he was considered too undersized to play linebacker in the NFL by many NFL scouts.
- In 2001, the Washington Redskins signed him as an undrafted rookie free agent. He went on to play in all 16 games as a rookie and recorded 52 tackles, one sack, and one interception.
- On March 3, 2005, he was signed by the New York Giants to start at middle linebacker.
- Antonio Pierce recorded a career-high 138 tackles (109 solo), a sack, an interception, and defended eight passes in 2006.
- He started serving as the spokesperson for Giants Academy (a program for inner-city youth that aims to help these children succeed despite the hardships of their lives) in 2006.
- Antonio Pierce was honored with the “United Way Man of the Year” award in 2007.
- Along with the Giants, he was honored at the 2008 ESPY Awards.
- He has previously stated his aspiration to pursue a career in broadcasting after his NFL career and got to work as a communications intern on The Howard Stern Show on May 7, 2008.
- On November 28, 2008, Antonio Pierce was present at the scene when Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the thigh at the Latin Quarter Night Club in New York City. As per the police, it was Pierce who drove Burress to the hospital before returning home with the gun in the glove compartment of his car. Then, the police impounded Pierce’s SUV to search for blood and gunpowder residue and he was eventually cleared of all criminal charges stemming from the incident on August 3, 2009.
- On July 8, 2010, he announced his retirement from football.
- Antonio Pierce became the head coach at national powerhouse Long Beach Polytechnic High School on February 7, 2014.
- Under head coach Josh McDaniels, he was appointed as linebackers coach by the Las Vegas Raiders in 2022.
- After being inspired by his own experience, Antonio Pierce has taken up the mission to improve the quality of life for the youth in the Long Beach/Compton area. Pierce has offered a free football camp for underprivileged youths for many years.
- He has been associated with the “Read Across America” program and has read to children whose parents are undergoing treatment for chemical dependency at the Odyssey House in Harlem.
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