View Full Version : Kordell Stewart wants to retire as a Steeler

05-30-2012, 11:28 AM
Just browsing through Steelers insider Ed Bouchette's blog and came across this tidbit, also announced via twitter in his morning links segment...This is part of his paid blog so I won't post up the entire article but here is the link. (http://plus.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/pro-sports/steelers/116552-ed-kordell-stewart-returns-to-steelers)

--- Kordell Stewart will attend Steelers practice today and I'm told will have some kind of announcement. Here's a guess: He will "retire a Steeler.'' With all due respect to these guys who do this, it's a little hokey.

Years ago Mike Tomczak asked the Steelers if they would sign him to a one-day contract so he could "retire a Steeler.'' The Steelers declined, but offered him the press room at St. Vincent College during training camp to announce he would "retire a Steeler.'' Colbert told me that to sign him to a one-day contract would mess up their salary cap. He did not laugh when he said that.

Others around the league have done this as well and some actually did sign a one-day contract. The only other Steelers player I can remember making such an announcement at the team's facility was former tackle John Jackson years ago. He did not sign a one-day contract and neither, I suspect, will Stewart.

Stewart did not leave the Steelers voluntarily. He was basically shown the door. I thought he was treated shabbily by the former coaching staff at the height of his effectiveness, getting benched a few games into the 2002 season his last here -- after he made the Pro Bowl in 2001 and was voted the team's MVP.

Stewart was and is a good person who did not deserve the sometimes vile treatment he received from some fans while he was playing for the Steelers. I have no idea why he now wants to "retire a Steeler,'' if my guess is correct. He will always be considered a Steeler because that is where he made his mark in the NFL, helping the team to an AFC championship game at home in 1997 and some good quarterback play, even if others do not want to remember that.

05-30-2012, 01:12 PM
I wonder if he'll want his #10 retired? :lol: If this is even the case, that he wants to retire a Steeler, I'd be curious to see if the team allows him to have a press conference.

Raleigh Steel
05-30-2012, 01:17 PM
is this a joke? or is kordell the joke?

05-30-2012, 02:00 PM
I was a fan of Kordell Stewart and he helped get us to a couple AFC championships as Slash or The QB. He never got the respect he earned. I dont know why he's waited this long to retire or why we need a press conference because he hadn't played for years.
James Farrior is looking to retire and thats something to Honor and I'd wish Aaron Smith(it's not his style) would do the same and on the same day.
JAmes Farrior & Aaron Smith STEELERS FOR LIFE.

05-30-2012, 02:27 PM
It's official, he was in Pittsburgh today to retire a Steeler

One of the most popular yet polarizing local sports figures of the 1990's and early 2000's, Kordell Stewart returned to Pittsburgh today to "retire" as a Steeler, nearly a decade after he last played for the team.

A second round draft pick in 1995, Stewart played eight seasons in Pittsburgh. He rose to fame during his first two seasons when he saw game action as a wide receiver, a quarterback, a running back and even a punter, earning him the nickname "Slash."
He became the team's starting quarterback in 1997, leading the team to the AFC Championship. In 2001, he was the AFC Offensive Player of the Year, the team MVP and a Pro Bowl selection.

Stewart also was a target of rumors about his personal life and, according to him, death threats during seasons in which he struggled.

Of returning to Pittsburgh today for his "retirement," Stewart said: "It's not closure in a negative way, it's closure in a positive way ... I had a great time doing it. It's about the experience."

After leaving the Steelers, Stewart signed as a free-agent with Chicago in 2003 and played a season there before finishing his career with two seasons as a member of the Baltimore Ravens. He has since worked as an NFL analyst on ESPN. He resides in Atlanta with his wife and son.Former quarterback Mike Tomczak and tackle John Jackson also returned to "retire" as Steelers years after their playing careers ended.

From Dan Gigler, PG (http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/seven-years-later-slash-signs-off-as-a-steeler-638178/)

05-30-2012, 04:35 PM
I don't understand, in my mind he retired years ago as a Raven.

Real Deal Steel
05-30-2012, 04:56 PM
This is a joke. The clown has been retired. In that period, all he brought was dissapointment and embarrasement. That is a period I'd like to forget.

Black@Gold Forever32
05-30-2012, 05:22 PM
97 and 01 AFC title losses were big disappointments and I still don't forgive Kordell for them....lol Don't get me wrong he didn't lose those games himself....It was team effort in both losses but Kordell did play poorly in both losses......Still remember Romanowski taunting Kordell after an INT against the Broncos.....lol

05-30-2012, 06:50 PM
Kordell was a terrible quarterback and only had some value as a gimmick. Yes he had occaisional flashes of brilliance as a quarterback but overall he stunk. The Steelers made it to the playoffs on a strong running game and stellar defense. Anytime they went up against a better QB they lost. That's not a coincidence.

I tried to support him as much as I could when he was "our" QB but even at my homer best I never thought he was a good QB.

Like someone else said, those are times I'd rather forget as a Steeler fan.

05-30-2012, 08:51 PM
Is it really retirement or is it hey no one wants me? I saw this on Twitter and thought it was a joke.

05-30-2012, 08:59 PM
Didn't he suck coach Cowher off? Or something like that??

05-31-2012, 12:15 PM
Go back and watch the final game against Baltimore at Memorial Stadium in 97... That was ALL Kordell! He won that on his arm and legs... period! Steelers were down 21-0 at the half and won like 42-34... Best game I've ever seen live!!!

05-31-2012, 02:16 PM
Steelers Nation has been unfairly tough on KS through the years. Was he ever more than average? No. Should he have been kept in his "slash" role? Probably, but you then have to ask what the alternative at QB would have been. That said, the Steelers have had far more quarterbacks that were worse than him than were better.

I shudder at the thought of Bubby Brister or Mark Malone behind center.

05-31-2012, 09:25 PM
Oh that's funny.

05-31-2012, 09:26 PM
Oh that's funny. It's the off season. Anything goes.

K Train
06-01-2012, 09:33 AM
i really think stewart could have been a HOF caliber WR if he (and cowher) werent so insistent on him playing QB. He was SICK out wide

06-01-2012, 01:15 PM
I loved Kordell Stewart...

06-01-2012, 10:54 PM
I agree that Kordell could have been a very special WR....I still remember that game against Cincy in '95 when he tortured their secondary running free all day....fun guy to watch.

06-08-2012, 06:21 PM
I thought Stew wanted to retire as an analyst?

Real Deal Steel
06-08-2012, 06:29 PM
Didn't he suck coach Cowher off? Or something like that??

Don't try telling the truth on Kordell. Or there will be a PC backlash started that you and I won't be able to handle.