With only 66 days until Penn State football starts again, we’re getting in the way back machine and heading back to #66 on the 1986 national title team with offensive guard Steve Wisniewski. A two time All-American in 1987 and 1988, Wisniewski was also a key playmaker in the Nittany Lions’ 1986 national championship team.
After graduating from Penn State in 1989, Wisniewski was selected in the second round of the 1989 draft by the Dallas Cowboys, then traded to the Los Angeles Raiders. The “Wiz” played all 13 seasons with Los Angeles, making the Pro Bowl eight times and named as a first team All Pro twice. In 2011, he returned to the Raiders as an assistant offensive line coach for several years.
Football ran in the Wisniewski family, with his brother, Leo, playing for the Nittany Lions from 1979-1981. Steve’s nephew Stefen, a guard and center for Penn State, was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 2011 and later played with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Philadelphia Eagles (on the winning Superbowl LII team in 2018).