Former Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski officially announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday via the following video message:
I have an announcement to make : pic.twitter.com/0ZHD3Kvp9b— Stefen Wisniewski (@stefenwiz61) August 26, 2021
Hey everybody, I’m Stefen Wisniewski, and I’ve got an announcement to make: after 10 seasons in the NFL, I’m retiring. I absolutely loved playing the game of football. But after 10 years, my body, my mind, and my heart are telling me it’s time to move on.
What am I going to do next? I’m going to be a pastor. The absolute best part of my life is my relationship with Jesus Christ and I can’t imagine a better full time job than teaching people the Bible and sharing the love of Christ with others.
I’ve had so many great memories of playing in the NFL and I’m so grateful for all of them. I’m grateful for all of the people who helped me get here. This video would be way too long if I listed them all so I wrote something down and I’ll post that later, so check that out. But just note if you’re one of the people that helped me along my NFL career, I’m genuinely grateful and I want to say ‘thank you.’
Wisniewsk will go down in Eagles history as the team’s starting left guard during their Super Bowl LII victory.
It took an interesting route for Wis to earn that role. The Eagles signed him to a one-year deal in free agency after he had spent four years with the then-Oakland Raiders. At the time, Wis seemed pretty disappointed about not being able to land a long-term deal. He openly admitted he signed a one-year deal with Philly to be able to test the market again the next offseason.
Wis began the 2017 season on the bench before splitting snaps with Chance Warmack as part of a left guard rotation (so strange!) after Isaac Seumalo had been removed from the starting lineup in Week 3. The Eagles kept the rotation going for a bit before finally admitting that Wis was the best left guard option. He ended up making 11 regular season starts before three more in the postseason.
After signing him to a contract extension, Wis returned as the Eagles’ starting left guard in 2018. He was benched early in the season, however, in favor of Seumalo. He said at the time that he didn’t believe his benching was performance-related. The Eagles declined Wis’s team option in March 2019 before bringing him back in May. He was then released during roster cuts ahead of Week 1.
Wis signed with the Kansas City Chiefs and eventually became a starter for them due to injuries. He started for KC in their Super Bowl LIV win over the San Francisco 49ers, earning his second career Super Bowl ring. Wis had a chance to make it three earlier this year when injuries afforded him yet another starting opportunity but the Chiefs obviously lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
All told, it was a pretty solid career for the No. 48 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. 106 starts in 139 games played and two championship wins along the way is nothing to sneeze at. Not to mention the $15,822,697 in career earnings, per Over The Cap.
Wis is the second former starter on the Eagles’ Suepr Bowl team to retire from the NFL this month. Patrick Robinson announced he was hanging up his cleats earlier in August. Eagles fans everywhere are grateful for their contributions and wish them well moving forward.