Aaron Pointer grew up in West Oakland, California and attended McClymonds High School, where he became student body president. At McCymonds, Pointer was active in sports and he went to the University of San Francisco on a full basketball scholarship. At USF, he met his wife, Leona.
Pointer's major league debut was in a 1963 Colt .45's exhibition game. He played one other game in 1963. Pointer played for the Astros in 1966 and 1967. Over three seasons, Pointer had a .208 batting average with two home runs and 15 runs batted in.
Pointer was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 1968 and he played for the Tacoma Cubs in 1968 and 1969. In 1969, he signed with the Nishitetsu Lions in Fukuoka, Japan and played three seasons there from 1969 to 1971. He also played in Venezuela before retiring.
From 1978 to 1987, Pointer officiated for the Pacific-10 Conference, eventually becoming a head linesman. He is also the first African American referee in the Pac-10. In 1987, Pointer joined the National Football League as a head linesman in 1987. He retired from the NFL after the 2003 season, but he continues to serve as a game-day observer for the NFL.
Pointer retired from Pierce County Parks and Recreation in 2000 after 29 years. In 2001, he served on the Metropolitan Park District board of commissioners, appointed to fill a vacancy. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Tacoma Athletic Commission.
In June 2008, Pointer inducted into the Tacoma Hall of Fame.