Stefen Wisniewski lives out hometown dream with Pittsburgh Steelers

Former Chiefs lineman Stefen Wisniewski sounds happy to be at home with Steelers.

Stefen Wisniewski enjoyed a season to remember in 2019 during his championship run with the Kansas City Chiefs. Now the veteran offensive lineman is getting a chance to fulfill another lifelong dream: to play professional football in his hometown with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Wisniewski was a wonderful surprise for the Chiefs last year when signed at the season’s midpoint to bolster the offensive interior. After suffering their first loss of the season to the Indianapolis Colts, general manager Brett Veach responded by signing two experienced linemen to bolster the trenches on both sides in Wisniewski and defensive lineman Terrell McClain.

Wisniewski would up eventually end up taking over for Andrew Wylie as the Chiefs starter at left guard and would remain the starter there for the duration of the postseason through the team’s historic playoff run. Overall, he played in 11 games for the Chiefs during the regular season.

During the offseason, the Chiefs expressed an interest in bringing him back but nothing tangible surfaced. The New York Jets also displayed an interest, but in the end, the Pittsburgh Steelers ended up signing Wisniewski to a two-year contract to play in his hometown. The lineman recently spoke about what it means to play at home and how the reality is sinking in.

“The fact that that is my commute to Heinz Field right now is pretty awesome,” said Wisniewski, the Steelers’ 31-year-old guard/center. “The fact I get to do this in my home city and play for the Steelers is pretty awesome. Just practicing at Heinz Field is cool and making it feel more real that I’m a Steeler.”

Wisniewski first entered the NFL as a second-round pick of the Oakland Raiders back in the 2011 NFL Draft. He played in Oakland for four seasons before leaving for Jacksonville in free agency. Wisniewski won his first Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017.