This Oct. 11, 2009, file photo shows New York Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, in East Rutherford, N.J. Bill Kostroun

BRISTOL, Conn. - Former Arizona standout linebacker Antonio Pierce has retired from the NFL after nine seasons and will join ESPN as an NFL analyst.

Pierce spent the past five seasons with the New York Giants. He was released by the team in February.

He was the defensive captain and helped the Giants beat the New England Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl.

Pierce spent four seasons with the Washington Redskins before moving to the Giants. He played in 137 games, plus seven in the playoffs.

He finished his career with 687 tackles, nine sacks and seven interceptions.

He will appear on "NFL Live," "SportsCenter" and other ESPN properties.

"I am definitely going to miss the fans, the locker room talks and the excitement of putting on an NFL uniform every Sunday," he said in a statement. "But I am ready to put on a new uniform, and I am extremely excited about contributing my knowledge and experience in this new endeavor to the championship team at ESPN.

"I thank my family, friends, teammates and fans for their support throughout my career as I move in this new and exciting direction."