Red Pierce earned three varsity letters in football and was a member of the 1933 team that finished the season undefeated, untied and unscored upon. Pierce was a fullback for the Tigers and scored two touchdowns in the 1933 win over Wabash, including the only pass reception of his career. He earned honorable mention all-state honors as a junior and first team accolades following his senior season. During his sophomore year in a game against Franklin he rushed 52 yards for a touchdown to lead the Tigers to victory. While at DePauw, Pierce was also director of music and choreography for the Monon Revue. An avid camper and outdoorsman, Pierce also taught canoeing and sailing during his college years. In 1936 he went to work for Anaconda American Brass Co., in his hometown of Kenosha, Wis. Later he became a sales representative and then district sales manager in Chicago. In 1961 he became vice-president of the Midwestern Sales Region, which included 14 states. After two years as the general sales manager at the corporate offices in Connecticut, Pierce became vice-president of sales and marketing for Anaconda which later became Arco Metals. He also served as a member of the corporate board. Pierce served on various community boards over the years.