American Football Database
American Football Database
Leo Wisniewski
No. 69     
Nose tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1959-11-06) November 6, 1959 (age 61)
Place of birth: Hancock, Michigan
High School: Pittsburgh (PA) Fox Chapel
Career information
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 1982 / Round: 2 / Pick: 28
Debuted in 1982 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 1984 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • No notable achievements
Games played–started     36–35
Sacks     14.5
Fumble recoveries     3
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Leo Joseph Wisniewski (born November 6, 1959) is a former American football nose tackle who played professionally in the National Football League.

Early years

After going to high school at Fox Chapel (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]

Professional career

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 scored 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 scored 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 Raiders' 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.