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Former rusher Bernard Pierce praises Ray Lewis

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Bernard Pierce had his career in Baltimore come to a disappointing end after a DUI forced the Ravens' hand this offseason. Pierce was already the odd man out in the Ravens' backfield, but the arrest made it even easier for general manager Ozzie Newsome to let Pierce go. Pierce now finds himself with the Jacksonville Jaguars, hoping to make an impact or even just the roster.

Before all of that, Pierce looked like the next Ravens' major runningback. Being drafted in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft from Temple University, Pierce teamed up with Ray Rice immediately to create one of the best two-man rushing teams in the NFL. While Pierce only started three games over his three year career, he amassed 1,334 yards and 5 touchdowns as a short yardage running back for the Ravens.

Pierce was relatively crucial to the Ravens 2012 Super Bowl run as a change-of-pace back for Baltimore. Looking back fondly on his memories as a Raven, Pierce put this photo of him and Lewis hugging after the Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII up on Instagram.

#TBT got the pleasure of playing the game along side of the #GOAT #RayLewis and sending him off with a ring!

A photo posted by Bernard Pierce (@bp_30) on