Former Del Norte High School and New Mexico State star quarterback Buck Pierce announced his retirement from the Canadian Football League this week.
The 32-year-old signal caller played nine seasons in the CFL and played in 130 games. He finished with a career completion percentage of 64.2 percent, completing 1,200 of his 1,869 passes for 15,289 yards and 76 touchdowns while throwing 63 interceptions.
Pierce broke into the league in 2005 with the B.C. Lions. Pierce was the backup quarterback for the Lions in 2006 when they won the Grey Cup. In 2010 Pierce moved to the Winnipeg Bombers to become the starter. In 2011, he led the Bombers to the Grey Cup before falling to B.C.
Pierce battled injury issues throughout his career, but he left a significant impression on those who saw him play.
"Buck was a fearless competitor who never hesitated to put his body on the line for our organization," said Wally Buono, Lions vice-president of football operations and general manager in a press release. "He was loved by both fans and teammates alike and on behalf of the Lions, we wish him the very best in the future."
See Saturday's edition of the Triplicate for more on Pierce's retirement.