Brett Pierce

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Brett Pierce
No. 49, 88
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-01-07) January 7, 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth: Vancouver, Washington
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 263 lb (119 kg)
Career information
High school: Columbia River (WA)
College: Stanford
Undrafted: 2004
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Brett Clayton Pierce (born January 7, 1981) is a former American football tight end. He was originally signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2004 and has also played for the Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Stanford.

Early years[edit]

Pierce attended Columbia River High School, where he was a two-way player (defensive end and tight end), receiving All-American and All-State honors. In baseball he was a two-time All-league selection as a sophomore and junior. In basketball he was named All-league as a junior.

College career[edit]

He accepted a scholarship from Stanford University. As a freshman, he played in 11 games and started 3 in place of an injured Russell Stewart, while also registering 6 special teams tackles. The next year, he was named the starter at tight end, recording 19 receptions for 258 yards and 3 touchdowns, while becoming a key special teams performer with 14 tackles.[1]

As a junior, he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the season opener and was lost for the year. In 2003, he was one of two starting tight ends (Alex Smith was the other), finishing with 11 receptions for 84 yards and 10 special teams tackles.

Professional career[edit]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Pierce wasn't selected in the 2004 NFL draft and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Baltimore Ravens. He was released on September 6 and signed to the team's practice squad.[2]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On October 4, 2004, he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys from the Ravens practice squad. He played in 8 games and was declared inactive in 5. He was the third-string tight end and became a core special teams player.[3]

In 2005 he appeared in 10 games, registering 8 special teams tackles (fourth on the team), before being placed on the injured reserve list with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The next season, during a training camp practice he tore again the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and was placed on injured reserve. It was the same ligament that he had reconstructed the previous year and in college.[4]

Chicago Bears[edit]

On August 1, 2007, he was signed as a free agent by the Chicago Bears. He was released on September 1.[5]

Denver Broncos[edit]

On December 31, 2007, he signed with the Denver Broncos as a free agent. He saw time at fullback, before being waived injured on August 30, 2008.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Buchanan, Jamail (October 20, 2003). "Brett Pierce: Definition of Team Player". GoStanford.com. Stanford University. Retrieved 2016-06-08. 
  2. ^ "TRANSACTIONS – BALTIMORE RAVENS". The New York Times. September 7, 2004. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-06-08. 
  3. ^ "A Really Special Performance". Dallas Cowboys. October 12, 2005. Retrieved 2016-06-08. 
  4. ^ "Mid-Day Report: Tight End Depth Takes Hit". Dallas Cowboys. July 30, 2006. Retrieved 2016-06-08. 
  5. ^ "NFL Transactions". The Baltimore Sun. September 2, 2007. Retrieved 2016-06-08. 
  6. ^ Klis, Mike (August 30, 2008). "Hackney, Russell among Broncos' cuts". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2016-06-08. 

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