Kordell Stewart played 11 seasons in the NFL as a quarterback. He played for three teams spending most of his career with the Pittsburg Steelers. Stewart was a quarterback that could throw and run at a high level.
He had one outstanding year where he was one of the top offensive players in the league.
Kordell Stewart’s path to the NFL
Stewart played his college ball at the University of Colorado. At quarterback, he was one of the best players on the team. During his time at Colorado, he was a part of a game that he would never forget. On September 24, 1994, Colorado took on the University of Michigan. Colorado was No. 7 at the time, and Michigan was No. 4. It was a battle the entire game between the two schools as Stewart was determined to lead his team to a victory on the road.
With six seconds left to play, Michigan had a 26-21 lead. Colorado had the ball and had time for one more play. Stewart launched a Hail Mary into the end zone, and after it was tipped in the air by Michigan defenders, it was caught by Michael Westbrook, and Colorado won the game 27-26. That Hail Mary pass is one of the most memorable plays in college football history. Colorado finished the season 11-1 and lost to eventual national champion Nebraska.
Stewart improved a lot as a quarterback during his four years at Colorado. During his final year at Colorado, he threw for 2,071 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushed for 639 yards and seven touchdowns. At the end of his senior season, he got ready for the NFL draft.
Kordell Stewart’s NFL career
The Pittsburg Steelers selected Stewart in the second round of the 1995 NFL draft. When he first started in the league, he spent some time at wide receiver. He got the opportunity to start at quarterback during the 1997 season. That year he led the Steelers to an 11-5 record and helped lead the team to the AFC Championship game where they lost to the Denver Broncos.
He finished the 1997 season throwing for 3,020 yards and 21 touchdowns, and he rushed for 476 yards with 11 touchdowns. Stewart was one of the topmost versatile quarterbacks in the league, and he had a big impact on the Steelers offense.
Throughout his time in Pittsburg, he continued to have success at quarterback. After spending eight years in Pittsburg, Stewart signed with the Chicago Bears as a free agent for the 2003 season. In his lone season with the Bears, he threw for 1,418 yards and seven touchdowns. After playing in Chicago, Stewart joined the Baltimore Ravens but did not see any action on the field for the 2004 or 2005 season.
Kordell Stewart’s big year
In 2001, Stewart had the best season of his career while he was playing for the Steelers. As the starting quarterback, he led the team to a 13-3 record during the regular season, and they went into the playoffs as the top seed.
The Steelers lost to the eventual Super Bowl champions New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game. Stewart had a big year as he threw for 3,109 yards, which was the most in his career, and he threw 14 touchdowns. On the ground, he ran for 537 yards with five touchdowns. He was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Year, the Steelers team MVP and was selected to his only Pro Bowl.
Stewart ended his NFL career throwing for 14,746 yards with 77 touchdowns and rushing for 2,874 yards with 38 touchdowns. His 38 rushing touchdowns are fourth all-time for quarterbacks.