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Date of birth: (1953-11-10) November 10, 1953 (age 68)
Place of birth: Florissant, Missouri
Career information
Position(s): Quarterback
NFL Draft: 1977 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19
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Stephen John Pisarkiewicz (born November 10, 1953) is a former professional American football player who played quarterback. Pisarkiewicz played in the NFL, CFL, USFL and British leagues during his career.

College career

After graduating from McCluer High School in Florissant, Missouri, Pisarkiewicz was recruited by Tennessee but joined the Missouri Tigers; he was considered the best passer at Missouri since Paul Christman and drew attention from NFL scouts.[1] In 1975, Pisarkiewicz led the Big 8 in passing yards, and was second in passing touchdowns.[2]

Professional career


Pisarkiewicz was drafted 19th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1977 NFL draft, apparently at the insistence of owner Bill Bidwill.[3] Expected to take over the starting job from the aging Jim Hart, he failed to impress head coach Bud Wilkinson and started just 4 games in his time in St. Louis.[4][5]

After leaving St. Louis, Pisarkiewicz played in one game in 1980 for the Green Bay Packers.[6]


In 1982, Pisarkiewicz was picked up by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.[7] However, his time there was limited and he soon moved back to the US.


Pisarkiewicz spent 1983 with the Philadelphia Stars but again found playing time limited.[8] He was given two years probation in the same year after pleading guilty to an incident of indecent exposure in Clayton, Missouri.[9]

He spent time in 1985 with the Orlando Renegades.[10]

Time in Europe

Cardiff Tigers

In 1986, Pisarkiewicz and a friend went to the United Kingdom and played for the Cardiff Tigers in the Welsh capital. The then-33 year old served as the team's coach, general manager, player personnel director, marketing director and starting quarterback. In 1987, the Tigers finished 7-5, and in 1988, Pisarkiewicz threw 44 passing touchdowns.[11]

Birmingham Bulls

Following the dissolution of the Cardiff Tigers, Pisarkiewicz joined the Birmingham Bulls as general manager. Due to the absence of starting quarterback Russ Jensen, Pisarkiewicz was pushed to play for the Bulls, partly to justify his salary, which was the highest in British American football.[12] Pisarkiewicz played in one game for the Bulls, against the Dublin Celts before resigning as general manager of the Bulls due to internal strife.[13]

Dublin Celts

Two weeks after defeating them, Pisarkiewicz joined the Dublin Celts as their head coach and general manager.[14] He coached the Celts to the playoffs, before swiftly departing for the United States where he presented the Celts with an ultimatum.[15]

Barcelona Boxers

After leaving the Celts, Pisarkiewicz became quarterback for the Barcelona Boxers.[16]


  1. The Tuscaloosa News, Sep 8 1975
  2. Steve Pisarkiewicz Missouri Stats
  3. The Quarterback Abstract
  4. Worst All Time First Round Picks
  5. JustSportsStats Steve Pisarkiewicz
  6. Top Ten Worst Packer Quarterbacks
  7. Pisarkiewicz gets new chance in CFL
  8. 1983 Philadelphia Stars Roster
  9. The Spokesman Review – Jul 21, 1983
  10. 1985 Orlando Renegades Roster
  11. Former Renegade goes international
  12. God Save The Quarterback!, Michael Globetti, 1991 Pg. 75
  13. God Save The Quarterback!, Michael Globetti, 1991 Pg. 118
  14. God Save The Quarterback!, Michael Globetti, 1991 Pg. 118
  15. God Save The Quarterback!, Michael Globetti, 1991 Pg. 274
  16. God Save The Quarterback!, Michael Globetti, 1991 Pg. 274

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