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Antonio Pierce
Elizabeth Newman
December 05, 2005
GIANTS LINEBACKER
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December 05, 2005

Antonio Pierce

GIANTS LINEBACKER

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On coach Tom Coughlin's discipline

You abide by his rules during the week, and then when it is game time, his rules don't count anymore. It's football rules.

On Terrell Owens

He might have his outlandish comments and be an outspoken player, which most receivers are, but on Sundays he makes things happen. Playing against him, I just admire his game.

On his football role models while growing up in Long Beach, Calif.

When I wanted to be a running back it was Barry Sanders. But once I started playing defense, it was all [current Buccaneer] Derrick Brooks. I studied him and loved how he played. He's always making plays and always around the ball. Even in college I kept up with him.

On his pets

I've got a couple of pit bulls but am not training them to fight. I just love their physique. I love their mentality. I have a male and female. Both have red noses and champion bloodlines. I'm trying to get them to breed so I can have pups.

--As told to Elizabeth Newman

PIERCE AND THE GIANTS (7-4) HOST DALLAS (7-4) THIS SUNDAY.

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