Steve Suhey
Date of birth: January 8, 1922
Place of birth: Jamesville, New York
Date of death: January 8, 1977(1977-01-08) (aged 55)
Place of death: State College, Pennsylvania
Career information
Position(s): Guard
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 1948 / Round:
 As player:
1948-1949 Pittsburgh Steelers
Playing stats at
College Football Hall of Fame

Steven Joseph Suhey (born January 8, 1922 in Jamesville, New York died January 8, 1977 in State College, Pennsylvania) is a former professional American football player, playing guard for two seasons in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was an All-American at Penn State. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1985. His son Matt Suhey, also played at Penn State and in the NFL.

Penn StateEdit

Suhey's college career was interrupted by three years of service in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.[1]

Suhey was the MVP of the 1948 Cotton Bowl Classic. It has been suggested Penn State's now-famous "We Are Penn State!" stadium cheer has its origins in a statement made by team captain Suhey prior to that game. Suhey is said to have declared, “We are Penn State. There will be no meetings,” in response to SMU's request for a meeting to protest the participation of Penn State's two black players (Wallace Triplett and Dennie Hoggard).[2]


After playing two seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Suhey coached high school football before joining the L.G. Balfour Company.[1]

"First family of Nittany Lion football"Edit

Suhey married Ginger Higgins, the daughter of Bob Higgins, a former All-American at Penn State and Suhey's college coach. Three of their sons, Larry, Paul, and Matt, were letterman at Penn State from 1975-1979.[3] Matt would go on to play 10 seasons in the NFL with the Chicago Bears. One grandson, Kevin Suhey, was a quarterback and special teams player for the Nittany Lions from 2005–2007 and another grandson, Joe Suhey, is currently a running back at Penn State.[3] The Higgins-Suhey family has been called the "first family" of Nittany Lion football, with 90 years of involvement with the Penn State football program.


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