- Mark Stepnoski
Mark Stepnoski Date of birth: January 20, 1967 Place of birth: Erie, Pennsylvania Career information Position(s): Center College: Pittsburgh NFL Draft: 1989 / Round: 3 / Pick: 57 Organizations As player: 1989–1994
Career highlights and awards Pro Bowls: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 Awards: Pennsylvania
Honors: NFL 1990s All-Decade Team Playing stats at
Mark Matthew Stepnoski (born January 20, 1967) is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League. He attended Cathedral Preparatory School in Erie, Pennsylvania, and went on to star at the University of Pittsburgh. Stepnoski's professional career in the NFL was spent with the Dallas Cowboys (1989–1994, 1999–2000), and the Houston Oilers (1995–1998). Stepnoski won two Super Bowls while with the Cowboys and was a five time Pro Bowler, attending the game from 1992 through 1996.
He signed with Pittsburgh University where he became a four year starter at offensive guard, helping clear de way for Craig Heyward and Curvin Richards to become two of the leading rushers in the nation.
His play earned him a spot on his home state's All Century Second Team, compiled by the Pennsylvania Football News.
The Cowboys switched him to center, although he never played that position before. During his rookie year he was tutored by Tom Rafferty, who was playing his last season in the NFL. He became a starter for the last four games of the season.
Stepnoski used his athletic ability, leverage and balance, to outmaneuver bigger defensive players and become one of the leagues best centers of his era.
By 1992, he was a Pro Bowl center and a Super Bowl champion. The following season, he suffered an injury before Dallas won a back-to-back Super Bowl. In the early 90s he helped paved the way for Emmitt Smith to become the NFL's All Time Leading Rusher.
Mark signed with the Houston Oilers in 1995, who later became the Tennessee Titans in 1998. During his 4 seasons with the Oilers and Titans, he continued his streak of success making the Pro Bowl twice.
Stepnoski played 13 years in the NFL, including five consecutive Pro Bowl appearances and a spot on the NFL's all-decade second team.
Stepnoski is also a marijuana legalization advocate and is an active member of NORML. His position on this subject, made his high school alma mater, Cathedral Preparatory School, rescinded his nomination to the school's athletic hall of fame.
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