Long Time Coming: New York Giants Release LB Antonio Pierce

Kyle LanganAnalyst IFebruary 11, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 07:  Antonio Pierce #58 of the New York Giants in action against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 7, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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As Antonio Pierce's Giants career came to a close this past season, a very interesting question came to mind: How will Antonio Pierce be remembered as a Giant?

What will his legacy be?

Perhaps Pierce as a vocal leader.

Perhaps as a captain of a Superbowl defense.

Perhaps for blowing an air-horn at the media.

More cynical parties will always remember Pierce being burned by Brian Westbrook, or being at the Latin Quarter on the eve of November 30th, 2008.

So with those events in mind, let's take a look at what the consensus is regarding Pierce's career as a Giant:


Mike Garfolo of The Newark Star Ledger- While Pierce provided many on-field highlights during his time with the Giants, there's no doubt the Burress situation ranks right up there as one of his defining moments. Pierce understands that and says it's also a memorable chapter in his career for him. After all, that's when he learned how much the Giants supported him.

Ralph Vacciano of The New York Daily News- In 2007, Pierce was one of the emotional leaders of the team during its charge to the Super Bowl XLII championship. The Giants played that season with a huge chip on their shoulders and an us-against-the-world mentality, which they took largely from him.

Krow From Giants 101 - Yeah, he blew up that screen just like a professional MLB, that was his shining moment for sure. The airhorn was right up there, too, very funny.

But, he kind of erased it all by being an absolutely lousy team captain and facilitating Plax’s downfall, which started the avalanche of (stuff) that’s led us to the miserable situation we’re in now.

I’m not crying any tears for AP. The Giants made him rich and famous and in return he helped destroy the team.

Dan from Giants 101 - Say what you want about the man – and call him all the names you can – but much of the Giants success since 2005 stems from what he brought to their defense. And without him commanding the middle, there’s a good chance Big Blue would not have won the Super Bowl in 2007.

Rob Domaine on Pierce's career as a Giant- R.I.P. AP. 

Kevin Boss - AP made me a better player going against him everyday in training camp...I learned a ton from him... He will certainly be missed!

Either way, Pierce's release comes as no surprise. John Mara and the Giants seem dead set on getting younger and getting better, particularly on defense.

The upcoming draft is very deep at the linebacker position and the unrestricted free agent market will offer Big Blue the chance to sign Karlos Dansby.

Many of the needed upgrades are beginning to take shape. 

The release of Antonio Pierce is, in my mind, the end of a slow death to the Giants of yesteryear and the Giants reputation that the 2009 team lived off of for so long.

Consider the page turned.

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