Offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski had a deep-seeded Penn State bloodline before joining the program himself in 2007, a top five player out of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in a time when the general public wasn’t sure if PSU football was truly back.
Wisniewski’s father, Leo, and uncle, Steve, both saw significant time for the Nittany Lions and were parts of iconic teams in Happy Valley, and the younger Wiz left his mark as part of iconic teams himself. He was the rare offensive lineman who saw time on the field in his true freshman season, seeing time in over half the games of his first year in the blue and white.
It was his sophomore year, though, that solidified Wisniewski as a force to be reckoned with. As a true sophomore, he started every game at guard and helped anchor a line that led the squad to an offensive resurgence and, ultimately, a Big Ten championship.
Wiz shifted to center for his junior and senior campaigns, and the transition ultimately worked well. He was named a first team All-American after his senior season in 2010, having been named to the All-Big Ten first time his last two years and a first team Academic All-American for his final three seasons.
In 2011, Wiz was drafted by the then-Oakland Raiders in the second round (48th overall) and stayed there, coached by his uncle Steve, for four seasons. He’s bounced among a few different NFL teams since then, seeing time with the Jaguars, Eagles, and Chiefs before landing with his hometown Steelers this past offseason. He also is a two-time Super Bowl champ, winning the Lombardy trophy in two out of three years when Philly won in 2018 and Kansas City won this past season.