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Steve Wisniewski

Steve Wisniewski
Oakland Raiders
Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1967-04-07) April 7, 1967
Place of birth: Rutland, Vermont
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 1989 / Round: 2 / Pick: 29
Debuted in 1989 for the Los Angeles Raiders
Last played in 2001 for the Oakland Raiders
Coaching debut in 2011 for the Oakland Raiders
Career history
 As player:
 As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2001
Games played 206
Games started 204
Stats at NFL.com

Steve Wisniewski (born April 7, 1967) nicknamed "The Wiz" is a former Offensive Lineman who played 13 seasons with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders and later served as the team's assistant offensive line coach. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 1989 NFL Draft. His rights were traded to the Raiders that same draft. He played college football at Penn State.

Contents

  • College 1
  • NFL 2
  • Personal 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

College

Wisniewski was standout guard at Penn State University. He was twice named All-America (1987 and 1988). He was a key contributor on the Nittany Lions 1986 national championship team. He capped his senior season by playing in the Hula Bowl and the Japan Bowl.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing in 1989.

NFL

Wisniewski was drafted in the second round (#29 overall) of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He was then immediately traded to the Raiders, where he would play all of his 13 seasons in the league. "Wiz" became the standout Guard of the 1990s and made the Pro Bowl 8 times in his career tying him at the time of his retirement with Art Shell, Howie Long, and Tim Brown (Who would later surpass him) for most by a Raider. He was also named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team and was a first team All-Pro twice. Missed only 2 regular season starts in 13 year career due to injury.

On January 27, 2011 it was announced that Wisniewski would be returning to the Oakland Raiders as an assistant offensive line coach under new Head Coach Hue Jackson, new offensive coordinator Al Saunders and new offensive line coach Bob Wylie. He was thrilled by saying "I'm back to my first love, the Oakland Raiders and working with the Offensive Line. I’m a Raider for life. I can help in technique, help in mindset and attitude and really push these young men to develop and to be the heartbeat of the team." Wisniewski said via the Raiders website. He also said in a statement that "I’m thrilled to be working in the building again for the Silver and Black and helping to shape the future of the offensive line." He and Wylie replaced Chris Morgan and Jim Michalczik, who were not retained for the 2011 season.

Following the death of Raiders owner Al Davis in October 2011, Jackson's firing the following January and the hirings of new general manager Reggie McKenzie and new head coach Dennis Allen, Wisniewski, one of the few coaches retained by the new regime, was slated to assist under new offensive line coach Frank Pollack. However, right before the start of training camp in July 2012, it was announced that Wisniewski had resigned for "personal reasons" but would remain with the club as an ambassador.[1]

Personal

Wisniewski lives in Oakland, California and maintains an association with the Raiders. He spent one year at Stanford University, helping coach the offensive line on a team that reached the Orange Bowl[2] Wisniewski is a born-again Christian [3] and currently volunteers at The Well Christian Community Church in Dublin, California, the church founded by fellow ex-Raider, Napoleon Kaufman.[4] In 2004, Wisniewski was inducted into the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame. [5]

His brother, Leo, was a three-time letterman for the Penn State football team (1979–1981). Wisniewski's nephew (Leo's son), Stefen, was a guard/center on the Penn State team. Stefen had a standout career with Penn State, was drafted by the Oakland Raiders with the 48th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, and is currently the Raiders' starting center.[6]

References

  1. ^ Corman, Rebecca (2012-07-26). "Wisniewski Resigns from Raiders Coaching Staff". Raiders.com. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  2. ^ "NFL Preview '97". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  3. ^ "Tothenextlevel.org". Tothenextlevel.org. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  4. ^ "Steve Wisniewski Oakland Raiders Steve Wisniewski". Raidersonline.org. 1967-04-07. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Penn State University Official Athletic Site - Football". Gopsusports.com. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 

External links

  • Steve Wisniewski Raiders Coach biography
  • Where Are They now?: Steve Wisniewski raidersonline.com
  • Steve Wisniewski testimony tothenextlevel.org
  • Old-school Wiz is part of Raiders history, Jon Gruden column on www.nfl.com
  • Nasty Boys: Football's Felonious 15, cnnsi.com, 1997
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