Steve Suhey

Steve Suhey

Jamesville, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Death 8 Jan 1977 (aged 55)
State College, Centre County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial State College, Centre County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section D
Memorial ID 87462792 · View Source
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Professional Football Player. Born Steven Joseph Suhey, he was a guard with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1948 and 1949 seasons. He is part of the "first family of Penn State football", as his father-in-law, Bob Higgins, was his coach and he had three sons and two grandsons play for Penn State. His son Matt was also a professional football player with the Chicago Bears. He was an All-American with Penn State's undefeated (one tie) 1947 team and was the MVP of the 1948 Cotton Bowl. He is considered by many to be the originator of Penn State's "We Are Penn State" cheer. At the Cotton Bowl that year, there were rumors that the opponent, SMU, wanted Penn State to have a meeting to discuss the participation of Penn State's black players. Suhey, as captain, said "We are Penn State. There will be no meetings." The Cotton Bowl game was thus integrated. His studies at Penn State were interrupted by World War II, during which he was a Sergeant in the US Air Force. After his days with the Steelers, he served as a high school football coach and then was a representative for Balfour. He was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame posthumously in 1985.

Bio by: Kenneth Gilbert

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