Scores On and Off the Field
The saying goes that “only adversity tests strength,” and that is true for Antonio Pierce, the former star NFL linebacker and Mt. SAC’s Alumnus of the Year. As a professional football player, Antonio was known to flatten opposing linemen who dared penetrate the scrimmage line, but his true strength is a product of his indomitable will.
Having overcome the adversities of growing up in Compton, Antonio did not have many college options, despite graduating as a star athlete at his high school. But somehow, Antonio made his way to Mt. SAC and joined the football team in 1996. Here, he quickly distinguished himself as an outstanding linebacker and soon became team captain, leading the Mounties to their first national championship.
Upon graduating, he was recruited by the University of Arizona and later would be signed to the New York Giants. As the legendary No. 58, Antonio was able to reap the benefits of his tenacity while establishing himself as one of the premiere playmaking linebackers in the league. In 2008, Antonio’s hard work and determination paid off when the Giants upset the undefeated Patriots to win Super Bowl XLII.
Off the field, Antonio has committed himself to improving the lives of underprivileged youth by sponsoring free football camps, serving as spokesperson for Giants Academy and participating in “Read Across America.” Last year, Antonio retired from the NFL and joined another type of team, as an NFL analyst on ESPN.
Whether reporting from the sidelines or mentoring young people, Antonio remembers his roots and remains steadfast to instilling a higher sense of purpose and motivation to all.