Central alum, NFL draftee inducted into FHC Hall of Fame

Pierre Desir [Class of ‘08] gets inducted into the FHC Hall of Fame for his hard work and dedication to the football program.


During his time at FHC, Pierre Desir rushed over 1,000 yards, and had 24 touchdowns as a junior. He was an all-conference, all-district, and all-state selection, first team all-league player during his junior and senior year, an all-metro selection, was named special teams player of the year in his senior year, and was ranked number 17 in the nation by Tom Lemming in 2007.

“He has such an amazing story,” Activities Director Scott Harris said. “We are very excited for him and his family.”

Desir was four years old when he and his family moved to the United States from Haiti. He started playing football his freshman year in high school.

“For him to come this far, and to have success on the national level is just amazing,” Coach Harris said. “We have someone to be proud of and to look up to.”

After high school, Desir attended Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., for three years, then transferred to Lindenwood University for two years. Desir won the Inaugural Cliff Harris award, which is given to the small college defensive player of the year. In 2012, He was a recipient of the American Football Coaches Association All-American award and was voted the team’s defensive player of the year.

Desir was invited to the East-West Shrine Game, a way for the top college players to perform for scouts and coaches in the NFL. Based off his performance at the Shrine Game, Desir was also invited to the Senior Bowl, where the top NFL prospects can play, which takes place Saturday.

Desir is projected to go in the second or third round in the NFL Draft Pick, and is rated in the top ten among all cornerbacks.

“It is wonderful for our [football] program and Lindenwood’s program. Pierre has brought a lot of attention to football around here,” said head football coach Todd Berck. “It shows our players that with hard work you can achieve your dreams.”

Desir has been mentioned by the Bleacher Report, CBS Sports, and even has his own Wikipedia page.

“I just want everyone to know how good a person Pierre is. He is a wonderful father and husband and loves his family very much,” Berck said. “I want the very best for him and hope to see him playing on Sundays.”