Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Add Matt Stewart back to the list of NFL players from Vanderbilt

Today, as I was blogging about Jovan Haye signing with the Titans and listing all the Vanderbilt players in the NFL, Matt Stewart was signing a one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys. So add him to the list, too.

Stewart had been out of football for a year, having been cut by the Cardinals at the start of the 2008 season. He was drafted by the Falcons in the fourth round of the 2001 draft, played four seasons in Atlanta, then signed a nice contract with the Browns and played three seasons in Cleveland.

Stewart played for Woody Widenhofer at Vandy and was part of the 1999 team that dang near had a winning record and went to a bowl... but didn't.

My favorite memory of Stewart was in 2000, when Steve Spurrier substituted superfreshman Brock Berlin, who would later transfer to Miami-Fla, for future Super Bowl loser Rex Grossman and future Bachelor Jesse Palmer. Stewart picked off Berlin's first pass and took it to the house. Alas, the Commodores lost 43-20, but it was an impressive play against one of the top teams in the nation, and Stewart was hence an NFL prospect.

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