Tony Stewart (American football)

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Tony Stewart
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Stewart in February 2005.
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Position: Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1979-08-09) August 9, 1979 (age 40)
Lohne, West Germany
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 2001  / Round: 5 / Pick: 147
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Stewart with the Oakland Raiders, November 2008 Tony Stewart at Falcons at Raiders 11-2-08.JPG
Stewart with the Oakland Raiders, November 2008

Tony Alexander Stewart (born August 9, 1979) is a former American football tight end. He is the founder and executive director of the non-profit Beyond the Locker, which helps youth and athletes. He also works as a lead consultant to the NFL in the Player Engagement Department.

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Stewart was the inaugural recipient of the John C. Maxwell Leadership Award.

Early career

Stewart played high school football at Allentown Central Catholic High School in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he earned first team All-American honors and played in the East Penn Conference, one of the premier high school football leagues in the nation.

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He received 30 scholarship offers after his junior season. His top choices were University of Miami, University of Michigan and Penn State University.

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Stewart also played high school baseball and basketball. He received a college scholarship from Boston University to play basketball.

College career

Stewart was a two-year starter at Penn State. He finished with 59 receptions for 861 yards and 3 touchdowns. As a senior, he became the first tight end since 1979 to lead the Nittany Lions in receiving (38-451, 2 touchdowns). His 38 catches as a senior set a Penn State season record for a tight end. He earned honorable mention All-America honors from Football News as a senior, and earned a bid to the 2001 Hula Bowl. He was also named second team All Big-Ten.

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He earned his Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Parks Management from Pennsylvania State University in 2003.

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Professional career

Philadelphia Eagles

Drafted in 2001 by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 5th round (147th overall), Stewart made his NFL debut in the Eagles' game against the Kansas City Chiefs on November 29, 2001, making 2 catches, including a 1-yard touchdown reception from Eagles' quarterback Donovan McNabb. With this touchdown, Stewart became the first Eagle since Charlie Garner in 1994 to score a touchdown in his first game. He finished his rookie season with 5 catches for 52 yards.

Cincinnati Bengals

2002 season

In 2002, he began the preseason with the Philadelphia Eagles, but was placed on the inactive list for the Eagles' season opener against the Tennessee Titans. He was subsequently assigned to the practice squad and signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on November 23, 2002. He made his playing debut with the Bengals on December 15, 2002 versus the Jacksonville Jaguars.

2003 to 2005 seasons

Stewart went on to have career highs in receptions (21) and yards (212) during the 2003 season. He played 16 games for the Bengals in 2004, making 10 catches and a touchdown. He also made his mark as a mainstay on special teams, racking up 7 tackles and a forced fumble that year. Stewart saw significant playing time on offense and special teams in 2005. However, later that season, a back injury broke his streak of 40 straight games played for the Bengals.

2006 season

Stewart signed a one-year contract extension with the Bengals during the 2006 offseason.

Oakland Raiders

2007–10 seasons

On March 9, 2007, Stewart signed a 2-year contract with the Oakland Raiders. He played in 32 games and made 11 receptions for 81 yards in 2 seasons with the Raiders. He became a free agent at the conclusion of the 2008 season, [1] but re-signed with the team on March 4, 2009. [2] On August 30, 2010 Stewart was released by the Raiders.

Personal life

Stewart lived in Germany until age 3 while his father, Malcolm, served in the U.S. Army. His mother, Gisela, is a native German and raised Stewart to be bilingual in English and German. He lives in San Ramon, California in the off-season with his wife and children.

A nomination by Stewart led to his third-grade teacher winning the National Football League's 2004 Teacher of the Year award. Wanda Benkovic of Holy Spirit School in Allentown, Pennsylvania won the award and received $5,000 plus a trip to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. The school received $10,000 from the NFL. Stewart credited Benkovic with helping him weather a difficult transition in 1987, as he switched from public to parochial school. "She made me feel like number one in a class of 21," Stewart said.

When Bay Area charity Hope 4 the Heart's warehouse was damaged in a 2008 fire, Stewart hosted a raffle fundraiser in Hayward, California to collect toys to replace those lost. [3] The organization distributes toys to underprivileged children during the holidays.

In 2003, Stewart met Tony Stewart, the NASCAR driver of the same name. They were featured in pre-race ceremonies. Stewart was also grand marshal and gave the command to start the race. Stewart was a member of the Bengals at the time.

In June 2009, Stewart took part in the 2009 NFL/NFLPA "Broadcast Boot Camp," a program designed by the NFL Broadcasting Department and their broadcast partners to prepare players for possible post-playing careers in broadcasting. [4]

In 2012, Stewart collaborated with Hopkins Junior High, Fremont, California to be in an assembly called "Beyond the Locker" and "I Got Skills" training drills.

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  2. "Dolphins sign ex-Raiders center Grove". San Jose Mercury News. March 4, 2009.Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. Flores, Salvador (January 8, 2009). "Stewart Gives Hope for the Heart". raiders.com. Archived from the original on January 20, 2009. Retrieved March 4, 2009.
  4. "Jones-Drew and Williams To Take Part In "NFL Broadcast Boot Camp" June 22–25". Jacksonville Jaguars. June 9, 2009.