Steve Pisarkiewicz
No. 15, 19
Born: (1953-11-10) November 10, 1953 (age 69)
Florissant, Missouri, United States
Career information
Position(s)Quarterback
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight205 lb (93 kg)
CollegeMissouri
NFL draft1977 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19
Drafted bySt. Louis Cardinals
Career history
As player
1977–1979St. Louis Cardinals
1980Green Bay Packers
1982Winnipeg Blue Bombers
1983–1984Philadelphia Stars
1985Orlando Renegades
1986–1988Cardiff Tigers
1989Birmingham Bulls
1989Dublin Celts
1990Barcelona Boxers

Stephen John Pisarkiewicz (/pɪˈzɑːrkəwɪts/ piz-AR-kə-wits;[1] born November 10, 1953) is a former professional American football quarterback. Pisarkiewicz played in the NFL, CFL, USFL, British Leagues and in the Spanish League during his career. He was a first round draft pick by the St Louis Cardinals — the 19th pick overall — in the 1977 NFL Draft.

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.[2] In 1975, Pisarkiewicz led the Big 8 in passing yards, and was second in passing touchdowns.[3]

Professional career

NFL

Pisarkiewicz was drafted 19th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1977 NFL draft, apparently at the insistence of owner Bill Bidwill.[4] Expected to take over the starting job from the aging Jim Hart, he failed to impress head coach Bud Wilkinson and started just four games in his time in St. Louis.[5][6]

After leaving St. Louis, Pisarkiewicz played in one game in 1980 for the Green Bay Packers.[7]

CFL

In 1982, Pisarkiewicz was picked up by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.[8] However, his opportunities there proved limited and he soon moved back to the US.

USFL

Pisarkiewicz spent 1983 with the Philadelphia Stars but again found playing time limited.[9] He was given two years probation in the same year after pleading guilty to an incident of indecent exposure in Clayton, Missouri.[10]

He spent time in 1985 with the Orlando Renegades.[11]

Europe

Cardiff Tigers

In 1986, Pisarkiewicz moved to the United Kingdom and played for the Cardiff Tigers in the Welsh capital. The then-33 year old served as the starting quarterback and a coach. In 1987, the Tigers finished 7–5, while in 1988, Pisarkiewicz threw 44 passing touchdowns.[12]

Birmingham Bulls

In 1989, 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.[13] Pisarkiewicz played in one game for the Bulls, against the Dublin Celts before resigning as general manager of the Bulls due to internal strife.[14]

Dublin Celts

Pisarkiewicz joined the Dublin Celts as their head coach and general manager.[15] He coached the Celts to the playoffs, before swiftly departing for the United States where he presented the Celts with an ultimatum.[16]

Barcelona Boxers

In 1990, after leaving the Celts, Pisarkiewicz became quarterback for the Barcelona Boxers in Spain.[17]

References

  1. ^ "Steve Pisarkiewicz". Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  2. ^ The Tuscaloosa News, Sep 8 1975
  3. ^ Steve Pisarkiewicz Missouri Stats
  4. ^ The Quarterback Abstract
  5. ^ Worst All Time First Round Picks
  6. ^ JustSportsStats Steve Pisarkiewicz
  7. ^ Top Ten Worst Packer Quarterbacks
  8. ^ Pisarkiewicz gets new chance in CFL
  9. ^ 1983 Philadelphia Stars Roster
  10. ^ The Spokesman Review – Jul 21, 1983
  11. ^ 1985 Orlando Renegades Roster
  12. ^ Former Renegade goes international
  13. ^ God Save The Quarterback!, Michael Globetti, 1991 Pg. 75
  14. ^ God Save The Quarterback!, Michael Globetti, 1991 Pg. 118
  15. ^ God Save The Quarterback!, Michael Globetti, 1991 Pg. 118
  16. ^ God Save The Quarterback!, Michael Globetti, 1991 Pg. 274
  17. ^ God Save The Quarterback!, Michael Globetti, 1991 Pg. 274