|Born:||October 21, 1914|
|Died:||August 15, 1994 (aged 79)|
Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||194 lb (88 kg)|
|High school:||Johnstown (PA)|
|NFL Draft:||1939 / Round: 9 / Pick: 72|
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Stephen Lawrence Petro (October 21, 1914 – August 15, 1994) was an American football guard who played two seasons with the Brooklyn Dodgers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the ninth round of the 1939 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Pittsburgh and attended Greater Johnstown High School in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Steve played football for the Pittsburgh Panthers under head coach Jock Sutherland and later was an assistant football coach for the Panthers from 1950 to 1972. He was also the Assistant to the Athletic Director from 1973 to 1984. Steve's Pitt nickname was "The Rock," based on Petro, a derivation of the Greek word petros, which means rock. The Pitt Panther mascot's nickname is ROC, in Steve's honor.
- "STEVE PETRO". profootballarchives.com. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
- "The Story Behind the Pittsburgh Panthers' Name "ROC"". University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics. Archived from the original on 2008-07-26. Retrieved 2009-10-23.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)