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.
--- 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.