James Pierre
No. 42 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1996-09-16) September 16, 1996 (age 25)
Deerfield Beach, Florida
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Deerfield Beach
College:Florida Atlantic
Undrafted:2020
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2021
Total tackles:55
Forced fumbles:2
Interceptions:1
Pass deflections:4
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

James Pierre Jr. (born September 16, 1996) is a professional American football cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida Atlantic.

Early life and high school

Pierre attended Deerfield Beach High School. As a senior, he registered 48 tackles, four interceptions and two pass break-ups, helping Deerfield Beach to a 10-2 record. The Miami Herald named him one of the Top 25 seniors in Broward County, while the Sun-Sentinel named him all-county honorable mention. Pierre was considered a three-star prospect and the No. 48 safety in the Class of 2016 by 247Sports.com's composite rankings. He initially committed to Miami (FL) over offers from Louisville, Mississippi State, Tennessee, South Carolina and Wisconsin, but switched his commitment to North Carolina in February 2016. Pierre was denied admission and committed to Syracuse.[1]

College career

Pierre was ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA for his freshman season.[2] He transferred to Florida Atlantic and had 21 tackles and two pass deflections as a freshman in 2017.[3] Pierre posted 55 tackles and nine pass breakups as a sophomore.[4] On November 2, 2019, he made two interceptions in a 35-24 win over Western Kentucky.[5] As a junior in 2019, Pierre recorded 44 tackles, 4.5 tackles for losses and three interceptions. He finished his collegiate career with 120 total tackles, 18 pass breakups, 8 1/2 tackles for losses and three interceptions in 39 games. Following the season, Pierre declared for the NFL draft, becoming the fourth Florida Atlantic player to voluntarily leave school early to declare for the draft.[6]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
183 lb
(83 kg)
31+14 in
(0.79 m)
8+12 in
(0.22 m)
4.59 s 1.61 s 2.68 s 7.02 s 33.5 in
(0.85 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
All values from NFL Combine[7][8]

After going undrafted in the 2020 NFL draft, Pierre signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers.[9] He was named to the Steelers' initial 53-man roster, the only undrafted free agent to make the team in that fashion in 2020.[10] On September 19, 2021, Pierre made his first career NFL start, filling in due to a groin injury to Joe Haden.[11] On October 10, 2021, in a game against the Denver Broncos, Pierre made his first NFL interception on a 4th down pass from Teddy Bridgewater with 11 seconds on the game clock, sealing a 27-19 win for the Steelers.[12]

References

  1. ^ Bailey, Stephen (May 20, 2016). "Syracuse football announces signing of James Pierre; 3-star DB details decision". The Post-Standard. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  2. ^ Bailey, Stephen (August 29, 2016). "Syracuse football DB signee James Pierre does not qualify with NCAA". The Post-Standard. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  3. ^ Elman, Jake (April 16, 2016). "Florida Atlantic cornerback James Pierre looks to finish spring camp with flourish". Palm Beach Post. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  4. ^ Elman, Jake (July 29, 2019). "FAU football: James Pierre, Owls secondary need to continue strong spring performance into regular season". Palm Beach Post. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  5. ^ "James Pierre makes 2 picks as Florida Atlantic tops Western Kentucky football". The Courier-Journal. Associated Press. November 2, 2019. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  6. ^ Price, Khobi (January 2, 2020). "FAU cornerback James Pierre declares for NFL draft". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  7. ^ "James Pierre Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved September 7, 2021.
  8. ^ "James Pierre, Florida Atlantic, CB, 2020 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved September 7, 2021.
  9. ^ Price, Khobi (April 26, 2020). "FAU's James Pierre, Rashad Smith, Brandon Walton agree to NFL deals as undrafted free agents". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  10. ^ Adamski, Chris (September 7, 2020). "Tall, athletic CB James Pierre pleased to make Steelers as undrafted free agent". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  11. ^ Adamski, Chris (September 20, 2021). "Steelers CB James Pierre fills in on short notice as 'next man up' in place of Joe Haden". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved October 2, 2021.
  12. ^ Alper, Josh (October 10, 2021). "Steelers snap losing streak, beat Broncos 27-19". Retrieved October 10, 2021.