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Antonio Pierce | Linebacker

Team: New York Giants
Age / DOB:  (35) / 10/26/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 238
College: Arizona
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Giants MLB Antonio Pierce announced his retirement from the NFL.
The writing was on the wall for Pierce, who needed neck surgery to continue playing. The former undrafted free agent finishes his career with 687 tackles, nine sacks, and seven INTs. He earned a Pro Bowl berth in 2006, and was a key piece on the Super Bowl XLI team. Pierce will join NFL Live, SportsCenter, ESPNEWS, and ESPNNewYork.com as an analyst for the "Worldwide Leader." Thu, Jul 8, 2010 10:27:00 AM

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Free agent LB Antonio Pierce suggested that he's leaning toward retirement as opposed to undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck.

"It is healing but I am going to need surgery to continue playing," said Pierce. "That's not an option I am looking forward to. It is looking like it is going down that [retirement] path. First offseason I am having away from football and I am enjoying it." Pierce has been a guest in the NFL Network studios this week, so a broadcasting career could be in his future.
Fri, May 28, 2010 04:00:00 PM

Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo has had a "social conversation" with free agent Antonio Pierce, but says Pierce is a "long way away from all the things he has to do with his health and what not."

The injury concerns contradict what Pierce and Giants coach Tom Coughlin have said recently. Pierce failed his exit physical with New York. Based on Spags' statements, it doesn't sound like Pierce will be ready to play soon.
Sat, Feb 27, 2010 11:52:00 AM

Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said Tuesday that he has yet to speak with free agent LB Antonio Pierce, but he hinted at an interest pending health reports.

Pierce failed his exit physical with the Giants, so his connections with Spags may not be enough to get him a serious look in St. Louis. The Rams are already set at MLB with James Laurinaitis, which means Pierce would have to accept a backup role.
Tue, Feb 16, 2010 03:12:00 PM

The Giants' release of Antonio Pierce last week reportedly came after he failed his exit physical.

The team probably never planned to pass Pierce in the first place after he was diagnosed with a bulging disk in his neck late in the season. Now a free agent, it remains to be seen whether Pierce will be able to pass other teams' physicals. No one has shown interest in the 31-year-old so far.
Mon, Feb 15, 2010 09:59:00 PM

Free agent LB Antonio Pierce says he would prefer his next team to be in the NFC East.

He could give the Eagles a two-down thumper and perhaps allow Stewart Bradley to move to the strong side (Bradley's college position). Pierce could also be of use in Washington if the Skins install a 3-4. Still, no team is going to offer the injured 31-year-old more than a one-year, incentive-laden deal.
Fri, Feb 12, 2010 12:12:00 PM

Antonio Pierce, released by the Giants Thursday, says a recent MRI on the bulging disk in his neck revealed no problems.

Pierce called the MRI results "perfect and putting me in a position to have endless opportunities." Although steadily declining, the 31-year-old defensive leader will enter the open market looking for a starting job.
Thu, Feb 11, 2010 04:47:00 PM

Giants released MLB Antonio Pierce.

The move had been expected since the end of the season. Pierce, 31, was due $4.75M in 2010, and there are questions about his health due to a bulging disk in his neck that caused him to miss the final six games of the season. Jonathan Goff, Chase Blackburn and Bryan Kehl are internal options to replace Pierce, but the Giants may look outside the organization for a permanent solution.
Thu, Feb 11, 2010 01:03:00 PM

Beat writer Ralph Vacchiano doesn't expect MLB Antonio Pierce (neck) back with the Giants in 2010.

"Even if he does it’ll only be for one more season," says Vacchiano. Pierce, 31, is due $4.75 million in the final year of his contract. Jonathan Goff isn't ready to take over, so the Giants would have to address the position in free agency or the draft if they axe Pierce.
Fri, Jan 8, 2010 09:44:00 AM

Giants GM Jerry Reese stopped short of saying MLB Antonio Pierce will be back next season.

Pierce is dealing with a bulging disk in his neck that caused him to miss the final six games of the season. It's unclear when he'll be able to return to the field and he's owed $4.75 million in 2010. It's possible the Giants will move on and go young at middle linebacker with Jonathan Goff and Chase Blackburn.
Tue, Jan 5, 2010 08:35:00 AM

Giants MLB Antonio Pierce (neck, injured reserve) says he fully intends to continue his playing career.

Pierce, 31, "doesn't see why" he wouldn't be back with the Giants despite declining play, a potentially career-threatening injury, and a $4.75 million salary coming due in 2010. "With everything I gave New York the past five years, I feel I'll be here," he said. 2010 is the last year of Pierce's deal. The Giants did not approach him about an extension before the injury.
Tue, Dec 1, 2009 08:36:00 PM

Giants placed MLB Antonio Pierce on injured reserve with a bulging disc in his neck, ending his season.

A neck specialist informed Pierce last week that he wouldn't need surgery, but the Giants apparently couldn't hold his roster spot any longer. Chase Blackburn will finish the year starting in the middle. Beat reporter Mike Garafolo suggests that Pierce's Giants career may be over. The 31-year-old has declined over the past two seasons, and is due $4.75 million in 2010.
Mon, Nov 30, 2009 05:36:00 PM

Antonio Pierce sought a second opinion on the bulging disc in his neck and he does not need surgery, as expected.

Dr. Watkins agreed with the Giants' docs. Pierce will rehab on his own and try to get the disc to shrink. The Giants starting middle linebacker is still out indefinitely and it would be a surprise if he plays again during the regular season.
Thu, Nov 26, 2009 05:20:00 PM

Antonio Pierce (neck) could return in "another five weeks or so," a source tells the Newark Star-Ledger.

Pierce could make it back for the playoffs, but it sounds like his regular season is done. Pierce said the bulging disc in his neck isn't causing him any pain, which means it's not touching any of his nerves. Officially, Pierce is out indefinitely and Chase Blackburn is starting at middle linebacker.
Mon, Nov 23, 2009 09:26:00 AM

The Giants announced late Friday that MLB Antonio Pierce will be out indefinitely after a bulging disc was discovered in Pierce's neck.

Pierce was "shocked" by the news. He practiced on Friday, but experienced discomfort afterwards and was hospitalized for tests. An MRI revealed the injury, which may threaten Pierce's season. His loss is a blow to a Giants run defense that has underachieved all year. Chase Blackburn will likely take over in the middle, with Michael Boley now healthy at weak-side linebacker.
Fri, Nov 20, 2009 08:48:00 PM

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