Former UA linebacker Antonio Pierce earned a piece of history -- and some keepsake jewelry -- Sunday in helping the New York Giants to a 17-14 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Ariz.
Pierce, who played at UA from 1998-2000, tied safety James Butler for team honors with 10 tackles in the Super Bowl. He helped vanquish the previously unbeaten Patriots, whose linebacker Tedy Bruschi, also a UA alumn, was making his fifth Super Bowl appearance. Bruschi had eight tackles.
Pierce redshirted the UA's 1998 season after transferring from Mt. San Antoinio College,?and then started for two years as an outside linebacker.?
Giants' special teams coordinator Tom Quinn, a UA player from 1987-90 and a three-year letterman as a backup linebacker and special teams?player, also had a hand in the Giants' victory, as did two-year starter Michael Johnson (2005-06), a rookie safety for New York.
Pierce joins?six former Wildcats who won Super Bowls, led by Bruschi's three rings with the Patriots in 2002, 2004 and 2005.?Wide receiver Theo Bell?played for the 1979 and 1980 Pittsburgh Steeler championship squads, Josh Miller punted for the 2005 Patriots, cornerback?Chris McAlister and guard Edwin Mulitalo?won in 2001 with the Baltimore Ravens and UA's first Super Bowl participant, receiver Ron Gardin, was a member of the 1971 Baltimore Colt titlists.
Bruschi and former UA lineman Glenn Parker each lead UA alumni with the five Super Bowl appearances. Parker went to four consecutive from 1991 to 1994 with the Buffalo Bills, and to the 2001 Super Bowl with the?Giants.?