Tulane Green Wave

Ravens nose tackle Michael Pierce reached lowest point in same city where his NFL career took off

Ravens nose tackle Michael Pierce reached lowest point in same city where his NFL career took off

The hardest part was telling his parents. In that respect, Michael Pierce felt no different than other teenagers who knew they were disappointing the people that cared about them the most.

Pierce went to Tulane largely because his father, Michael Sr., was a standout running back for the Green Wave in the late 1980s. The younger Pierce just didn’t transition well on or off the field at the New Orleans-based school.

He was ruled academically ineligible after his freshman season. Pierce brought his grades up the following year, but he couldn’t escape the belief that if he was ever going to make something of his college years and be happy in the process, he was going to have to...

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