Bernard Hayward Pierce (born May 10, 1990) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He played college football for Temple University. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Pierce during Baltimore Ravens practice in 2012
|Born:||May 10, 1990|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school:||Glen Mills (PA)|
|NFL Draft:||2012 / Round: 3 / Pick: 84|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Pierce attended Glen Mills Schools in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. He played football and ran track. Pierce also attended Welsh Valley Middle School in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania. 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 Delaware County 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.
Following his high school career, Pierce signed on to play football at Temple. While at Temple, Pierce was a student in the School of Communications and Theater and majored 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 the 2010 season, 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 CombineEdit
|Ht||Wt||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 0 in
|4.45 s||1.58 s||2.53 s||4.28 s||7.07 s||36.5 in
|10 ft 3 in
|All values from Central Florida Pro Day.|
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.
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 for the Ravens 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.
On March 18, 2015, Pierce was pulled over by police at 2am for speeding at 55 mph in a zone with a 35 mph speed limit. He failed the subsequent field sobriety test, as he was unable to walk in a straight line for more than two yards. Pierce was subsequently released from the Ravens later that day.
New York JetsEdit
Pierce was signed by the New York Jets on July 27, 2016. The Jets placed Pierce on their injured reserve list on August 16, 2016. He had been battling a hamstring injury throughout training camp. The Jets and Pierce reached an injury settlement and he was released from the reserve list on August 20, 2016.
- Documentation from Wednesday March 18, 2015 DUI arrest – District Court of Maryland for Baltimore County.
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- "Jaguars awarded Pierce off waivers". Archived from the original on March 22, 2015. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
- Allen, Eric (July 27, 2016). "Jets Sign RB Bernard Pierce, Waive Zac Stacy". New York Jets. Archived from the original on July 28, 2016. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
- Allen, Eric (August 16, 2016). "Jets Sign RB Antone Smith, Place Pierce on IR". New York Jets. Archived from the original on August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
- Allen, Eric (August 20, 2016). "Jets Release RB Bernard Pierce". New York Jets. Archived from the original on August 29, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
- "Broncos sign 11 players to future contracts". DenverBroncos.com. January 2, 2017. Archived from the original on January 28, 2018.
- "Broncos sign RB Stanley Williams, release RB Bernard Pierce". DenverBroncos.com. August 21, 2017. Archived from the original on August 22, 2017. Retrieved August 21, 2017.
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