Former Penn State offensive lineman Steven Gonzalez was all set to join the Spring League to continue his football career, but a much, much better offer came his way Wednesday.
Gonzalez announced that he has signed with the Buffalo Bills, saying that he is “humbled, blessed and excited” for the opportunity.
I am beyond humbled, blessed, and excited to have signed with the @BuffaloBills. Grateful for this opportunity and for everyone who has supported me on this journey. I feel more than prepared to continue the grind…the best is yet to come. 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/um2iER5biJ
— Steven Gonzalez (@StevenG511) May 12, 2021
It was just 10 days earlier that Gonzalez had tweeted out the following, saying he would be playing in the Spring League.
I am excited to announce that I will be joining the Conquerors in @TheSpringLeague. I am blessed that I was given an opportunity to showcase my talent again and most importantly, to get back on a football field! I am more than ready to get to work 🙏🏼⚔️ pic.twitter.com/X4hXF9JCeq
— Steven Gonzalez (@StevenG511) May 2, 2021
Gonzalez played at PSU from 2015-19 and was second-team all-Big Ten his senior season in 2019. He started 39 games at left guard over his final three years.
Gonzalez went undrafted in 2020 but did get an opportunity with the Arizona Cardinals before being cut.
Here’s a look back at more of Gonzalez’s senior year highlights, from his Penn State bio page.
2019 • SENIOR SEASON
Awards: Named All-Big Ten second team by the coaches and media…Tabbed All-Big Ten second team by the Associated Press…Garnered Phil Steele All-Big Ten second team honors…Selected Pro Football Focus All-Big Ten third team…Won the Lions Pride Outstanding Senior Player Award, along with John Reid and Robert Windsor, for greatest career contribution to Penn State Football, at the team’s awards banquet…Tabbed with the offensive line unit for the Joe Moore Award Midseason Honor Roll…Named to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week first team following the Minnesota game (11/9)…Earned Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week first team honors following the Michigan game (10/19)… Selected to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week second team after the Maryland (9/27) game…Named to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week second team following his performance vs. Pitt (9/14).
Season: Made 13 starts at left guard…One of 11 players to have earned their degree entering the Cotton Bowl…Graduated with a degree in history in December 2018.