By Evan Raigrodski
Myles Pierce, brother of Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce, will look to create his own NFL success story when he enters the draft this May. The linebacker out of The Citadel joined
Glenn Clark Radio Feb. 7
to discuss his football family and his own NFL prospects.
Pierce, 6-foot and 225 pounds, said he was sure of his NFL future from a young age and expected the same for his 6-foot 340-pound brother.
"When I was in elementary school, teachers would ask, 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' And I would say, 'A football player,'" Pierce said. "They would laugh and always say you need a backup plan, and I would just tell them, 'No, this is what I'm going to do.' When my brother made it, it was very expected, it wasn't really too much of a shock for us."
Coming out of a small school can be a challenge for college athletes who want to make it in the NFL. Luckily for Myles, he can look to his brother, who played collegiately at FCS school Samford, for some guidance.
"He's definitely been a big inspiration for me my entire life," Pierce said. "A lot of people feel like it's almost impossible to come out of a small school. You haven't had too much buzz. You aren't coming in as one of the top-rated guys. But it just goes to show what hard work and determination can get you. It's definitely something that has given me insight through watching him."
The older Pierce signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in May 2016 and made the Ravens' roster in Week 1 of that season. He started 13 games last season, recording 49 tackles and one sack.
In his four years at The Citadel, Pierce finished with 180 tackles, 25.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, four passes defended and two forced fumbles. He is projected to go undrafted, but did get invited to the Senior Bowl, which took place Jan. 27.
"End of the day, you're going to get somebody who's just a ball player, " Pierce said of his abilities. "I might not have the huge size everybody is looking for, but I can play ball. I'm a physical downhill linebacker, also a linebacker that can make the plays from sideline to sideline. So you're going to get a complete all-around player who works hard on and off the field and in the film room."
Pierce hopes to make it in the NFL, but if he is unable to, he could have a strong backup route. He received a job offer from Ernst & Young. He turned it down in hopes of reaching his NFL dream, but one way or another, Pierce should be able to find success.
"At the end of the day, football is my passion, and it's something that I'm going to solely pursue first," Pierce said. "Getting that job opportunity was definitely a big deal for me. It's something that when I first got to college I had a goal in mind that I wanted to graduate with a permanent job in hand, so I didn't have to move back home with my parents and be able to provide for myself. … I'm going to pursue football as long as I can first. If it falls maybe where I don't make a team, then that's something I'll be also greatly appreciative to be able to start my corporate career."
For more from Pierce, listen to the full interview here:
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Citadel Athletics