RELEASE FROM TEMPLE UNIVERSITY
PHILADELPHIA (1/6/12) – Junior All-American RB Bernard Pierce announced today that he will forego his senior season at Temple University to enter the 2012 National Football League Draft.
“At this time, I would like to announce that I am officially giving up my senior year of eligibility and declaring myself available for the 2012 NFL Draft,” Pierce said. “Since I was a little kid, I dreamed of one day playing for an NFL team. Today, I take one step closer to fulfilling that dream. It has been a hard decision to make, and took a lot of soul-searching, but I believe that it is the right decision for me and my career. I would like to take this time to thank Coach Steve Addazio, Coach Tyree Foreman, and all the staff here at Temple, for helping to shape and mold my football talent. I would like to thank Temple University for all the educational and athletic opportunities it has provided me. I would like to thank my teammates and all the Owl fans out there, and my family and friends for supporting me. Most importantly, I would like to thank my mother, for believing in me and helping me try to fulfill my dream. Thanks, Mom! I would also like to thank my late grandmother Ora, who was the rock of our family. I hope to make all of Temple Nation proud of me in the NFL. Thank you.”
Pierce, who will withdraw from spring semester classes, plans to train in Atlanta. The communications major intends to return to Temple to complete his degree.
As a junior in 2011, Pierce became Temple’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (53), total touchdowns (54), and points scored (324). He also set the season records for rushing TDs (27), total TDs (27), points scored (162), and 100-yard rushing games (9), while setting game records for rushing TDs in a game (5 at Maryland) and points scored (30 at Maryland).
Pierce is a three-time first-team All-MAC honoree and was named the 2009 MAC Freshman of the Year.
“We want to thank Bernard for all that he has given to Temple Football during his tenure,” head coach Steve Addazio said. “We wish him great success at the next level, and we appreciate all that he has contributed to Temple University and the football program.”
The 2012 NFL Draft is slated for April 26-28 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. It will be televised by ESPN and the NFL Network.
Riding a four-game winning streak, the Owls finished the 2011 campaign at 9-4 overall and 5-3 in the Mid-American Conference, including a 37-15 win over Wyoming in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.