- Blame Bush: 5 years later, that’s still the mantra, pollsters find
- Dutch prostitutes demand same retirement benefits as soccer stars
- John McCain to Harry Reid: I’ll ‘kick the crap’ out of you
- Dogs that talk: Researchers seek $10K for ‘No More Woof’ technology
- 1,000 firefighters called to battle stubborn Big Sur wildfire
- Black Friday brouhaha: Millions of Target shoppers hit by credit card theft
- Britain orders airplane to rescue citizens from violent South Sudan
- Mega Millions winner emerges as Georgia mom, in ‘disbelief’
- ‘Duck Dynasty’ Phil Robertson suspended ‘indefinitely’ for gay quip
- John Podesta eats crow: ‘I apologize to Speaker Boehner’
Jets’ Stewart an aspiring lawyer with NFL dreams
Question of the Day
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Chris Stewart spent his last season at Notre Dame studying constantly.
Law textbooks and football playbooks. Legal defenses and defensive formations.
That was his life _ morning, afternoon and night _ as a law school student who also anchored the Fighting Irish’s offensive line.
“Everybody thought I was nuts,” Stewart said with a big smile. “I think people still think I’m nuts. I even think I’m nuts sometimes. It’s a good preparation for life, though.”
Especially for the rigorous summer days of an NFL training camp. The undrafted free agent left guard still wants to be a lawyer, but he’s got plenty of time for that. He’s focused now only on trying to make the New York Jets‘ roster.
“If it’s not football, it’s not worthwhile,” Stewart said. “I never intended to go to law school and I never intended to do all this stuff. I was blessed enough to do it and I took advantage of it, but this has always been my dream. This is what I’ve always wanted to do was play football, and to actually play for the Jets is even better.”
The jury’s still out on whether he makes it past training camp and earns a spot on the team. Coach Rex Ryan likes Stewart’s aggressive nature. Offensive line coach Bill Callahan says Stewart is a talented, hardworking player.
“He’s an interesting prospect,” Callahan said. “I think he does have a future in this league, absolutely. I’m going to try to do my best to see that he makes it.”
Stewart, 23, is used to taking the difficult road to success, so this is nothing new to him. After redshirting during his freshman year at Notre Dame in 2006, Stewart considered transferring. He had bounced from the offensive line to nose tackle and back to offensive line. Stewart was frustrated and felt out of place.
“It was nerve-racking,” he said. “It kind of taught me how to stick through things, though. The toughest times in my life were probably back then as a sophomore and probably during the NFL lockout. You just have to keep working and try to emerge.”
That’s exactly what Stewart did, becoming a fixture on the Irish’s line and graduating early with a history degree and a 3.5 grade-point average. He then applied for a fifth year of eligibility after the 2009 season and was accepted into Notre Dame Law School.
“I decided that if I was going to have this time and Notre Dame was paying, I might as well do something worthwhile,” he said. “I did a few internships and decided that was the route I wanted to go. It wasn’t fun. It wasn’t fun at all. But, it was very worthwhile.”
After all, he couldn’t give up on his football dreams, and his parents mostly agreed.
“They were very supportive, but they also thought I was a little crazy,” he said with a laugh. “They basically said that if anyone can do it, I could, so they believed in me.”
By Andrew P. Napolitano
Fourth Amendment says Obama is not at liberty to collect metadata
- Duck Dynasty Phil Robertson suspended indefinitely for gay quip
- Half of America strips religion from Christmas
- Bill Gates: The Secret Santa disguised as a 'friendly fellow' on Reddit
- Gov't wasted $30 billion on 'pillownauts,' crystal goblets -- buying human urine!
- U.S. Army mulls wiping out memory of Robert E. Lee, 'Stonewall' Jackson
- Armed response, not restrictive gun laws, brought swift end to school shooting
- NAPOLITANO: NSA spies pick up interference from the Constitution
- BOLTON: Nero in the White House
- 'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson: Gays 'wont inherit the kingdom of God'
- John McCain to Harry Reid: Ill kick the crap out of you
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
The cold hard truth about politics in America today and the state of this once great nation.
Nobody likes to talk about dying. But we can help.
A libertarian look at breaking news and political trends by author Tom Mullen.
Does it take over 25 years in public service to really know what goes on in Washington?
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow