An All-Conference and All-State center for strong Biddeford High football teams under Steve White, graduating in 1931, Nat was All-New England prep pivot and a boxer at St. Anselm's prior to gaining national gridiron fame at Fordham University under Sleepy Jim Crowley.
One of the famed Seven Blocks of Granite keying Fordham's status as a perennial major power, he was a pulling guard in the old single-wing formation that Crowley himself had helped make a legend at Notre Dame.
Also a stout defender, Nat made some All-East teams in 1935 and in '36 was both All-East and All-American.
Pierce was named the outstanding player in the 1937 East-West Shrine Game.
His opposite guard number among the "Blocks" was none other than Vince Lombardi.
Nat, by the way, was instrumental in Lombardi's securing his first coaching job - a stint at St. Cecelia High School in Englewood, NJ, that was to start him on his way to matchless fame as coach of the Green Bay Packers after valuable terms as assistant at West Point and with the New York Giants.
Pierce coached at St. Cecelia, recommending Lombardi as his successor.
Nat also coached freshman football at Fordham and assisted with the powerful Chapel Hill service team in WW II.
He was a lieutenant commander on a navy aircraft carrier in WW II.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
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The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.