NFL BREAKING NEWS: Antonio Pierce Retires

Pedro GonzalezContributor IJuly 10, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 07:  Antonio Pierce #58 of the New York Giants gestures against the Philadelphia Eagles at Giants Stadium on December 7, 2008 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Nick Laham/Getty Images

Antonio Pierce, a linebacker who played for NFC East rivals in the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants, retired on Thursday after being cut from the Giants.

Pierce was an undrafted free-agent in 2001 and signed with the Redskins that same year.

He didn't played much in his tenure with the Redskins until his fourth and final year with Washington, 2004, where he started all 16 games and recorded 112 tackles (85 solo), one sack, and two interceptions.

Pierce later signed with the Giants in the '05 off-season as a free-agent, and he had a solid career in New York.

He made an instant impact in the defense after being called the captain and had 99 tackles before an injury sidelined him for the last three games of the season.

In the next three years Pierce recorded 100+ tackles in each season, earning a Pro-Bowl selection as an alternate in 2006 and winning the Super Bowl one year later.

While his career stats can't be consider HOF material, they are not that bad for an "undersized," undrafted player from a community college who transferred to Arizona.

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