Pierce during Ravens practice at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, August 2012
No. 30 Baltimore Ravens
|Date of birth:May 10, 1990|
|Place of birth: Ardmore, Pennsylvania|
|High school: Glen Mills (PA)|
|NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 3 / Pick: 84|
|Debuted in 2012 for the Baltimore Ravens|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Bernard Pierce (born May 10, 1990) is an American football running back for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Temple University. The Ravens selected him in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He is a graduate of Glen Mills High School, a school for court-adjudicated youths. He had previously attended Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, PA. where it was reported that he had seriously injured someone in an assault.
Pierce attended Glen Mills Schools in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. He played football and ran track. He was a second-team Class AAAA All-State selection as a junior. As a senior, he rushed for 1,578 yards and 26 touchdowns, and also scored five two-point conversions. He led Delco with 143.4 rushing yards per game.
Pierce was also on the school's track team, where he competed as a sprinter. He placed third in the 60 meters at the 2009 Indoor State Championships, recording a personal-best time of 6.98 seconds. As a senior, he ran a career-best time of 10.6 seconds in the 100 meters, the fastest time in the state that year. He also ran the 200 meters in 22.34 seconds.
Pierce was a student in the School of Communications and Theater majoring in Communications.
After a strong week 3 performance against Connecticut, Pierce was named MAC Performer of the Week. He rushed for 169 yards and 3 touchdowns in the game. Through 10 games in 2010, Pierce had 728 yards and 10 touchdowns.
In a blowout win over Maryland, Pierce scored a career high 5 touchdowns in the 38-7 win. He finished the game with 147 yards on 32 carries to go along with the five scores. That season, Pierce earned Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) FBS Offensive Player of the Year honors and led Temple to its first bowl game win in 32 years, a 37-15 victory over the Wyoming Cowboys in the New Mexico Bowl.
2012 NFL Combine
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 0 in||218 lb||4.45 s||1.58 s||2.53 s||4.28 s||7.07 s||36.5 in||10 ft 3 in||17 reps|
|All values from Central Florida Pro Day.|
2012 NFL Draft
The Baltimore Ravens traded up to take Pierce in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Pierce would become a great complement to starting running back Ray Rice. Pierce scored his first touchdown of his professional career against the Cleveland Browns in Week 9 on November 4, 2012 on a 12 yard run. In Week 16, he ran for 123 yards on 14 carries against the New York Giants, including a 78 yard run from scrimmage. On January 6, 2013, in the Wild Card playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts, he ran for 103 yards on 13 carries. On February 3, 2013, the Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII, earning Pierce his first Super Bowl ring in his rookie year. He rushed for 33 yards on 12 attempts in the win. It is thought that Pierce will take some of star running back Ray Rice's carries next season.
Pierce scored his second career rushing touchdown on a 5 yard run in Week 2 against the Cleveland Browns. He would then get a third rushing touchdown the next week against the Houston Texans in a 30-9 victory.
Six weeks into the 2013 season, Pierce was the Ravens leading rusher. He had 206 yards on 73 carries while only averaging 2.8 yards per carry.
Bernard became the starting running back during the 2014 NFL season after Ray Rice was cut and suspended for an off-season altercation with his wife. He scored his first rushing touchdown of the season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Over the 2014 Memorial Day weekend, three Baltimore Ravens players including Pierce were tossed out of an Ocean City, Maryland nightclub. Reports state Pierce, Jacoby Jones and Jimmy Smith were all asked to leave for an inability to “maintain their composure”.
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