Leo Wisniewski

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Leo Wisniewski
No. 69
Position: Nose tackle
Personal information
Born: (1959-11-06) November 6, 1959 (age 58)
Hancock, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 263 lb (119 kg)
Career information
High school: Pittsburgh (PA) Fox Chapel Area
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 1982 / Round: 2 / Pick: 28
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played–started: 36–35
Sacks: 14.5
Fumble recoveries: 3
Player stats at NFL.com

Leo Joseph Wisniewski (born November 6, 1959) is a former American football nose tackle who played professionally in the National Football League.

Early years[edit]

After going to high school at Fox Chapel Area High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Wisniewski attended Pennsylvania State University where he played nose tackle. Over his four years at Penn State he recorded 102 tackles and 11 QB sacks.[1] Leo has been a high school assistant coach in the Pittsburgh PA area for several years, coaching son Stefan at Pittsburgh Central Catholic before his departure for Penn State. In 2013, Leo was a member of the Canon-McMillah High School coaching staff, assisting former Penn State teammate Ron Coder, in his first year as a high school head coach

Professional career[edit]

Wisniewski was drafted in the second round (28th overall pick) in the 1982 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts.[2] In 1982, Wisniewski spent the first two games of the strike shortened season on injured reserve, but started at nose tackle the final seven. He was credited with 52 total tackles (32 solo) and 2.5 QB sacks.[3] In 1983, Wisniewski played in 15 games (started 14) and made 95 total tackles (50 solo) and 5.0 QB sacks. He missed the game against the Chicago Bears (September 25, 1983) with a strained knee.[4] In 1984, his final year, Wisniewski started in 14 of the 16 games, but missed the final two games on the injured reserve with a knee injury. He made 88 total tackles (51 solo) and 7.0 QB sacks.[5]


Leo's brother Steve Wisniewski was a two-time All-American at Penn State as an offensive lineman, and an 8-time Pro Bowler with the Oakland Raiders. Leo's son Stefen is currently the Eagles' starting left guard.


  1. ^ Baltimore Colts 1982 Media Guide, page 58.
  2. ^ Total Football II; The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League, Harper Collins Publishers, 1977, page 1497.
  3. ^ Baltimore Colts 1983 Media Guide, page 57.
  4. ^ Indianapolis Colts 1984 Media Guide, page 60.
  5. ^ Indianapolis Colts 1985 Media Guide, pages 69–70.