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Kordell Stewart

Steelers Fare Poorly In 1998, 1999

Despite creditable performances from Stewart in both 1998 and 1999, the Steelers ended those seasons with losing records of 7-9 and 6-10, respectively. Pittsburgh bounced back in 2000 with a season's record of 9-7. In 2001 the Steelers had its best season in several years, ending with a record of 13-3 and making it to the AFC Championship Game, which they lost, 24-17, to the New England Patriots.

Career Statistics

Yr Team GP ATT COM YDS COM% Y/A TD INT
PIT: Pittsburgh Steelers.
1995 PIT 10 7 5 60 71.4 8.6 1 0
1996 PIT 16 30 11 100 36.7 3.3 0 2
1997 PIT 16 440 236 3020 53.6 6.9 21 17
1998 PIT 16 458 252 2560 55.0 5.6 11 18
1999 PIT 16 275 160 1464 58.2 5.3 6 10
2000 PIT 15 289 151 1860 52.2 6.4 11 8
2001 PIT 16 442 266 3109 60.2 7.0 14 11
TOTAL 105 1941 1081 12173 55.7 6.3 4 66

Chronology

1972 Born October 16 in New Orleans
1984 Loses mother to liver cancer
1990 Graduates from John Ehret High School in Marrero, Louisiana
1990-94 Attends University of Colorado
1994 Picked by Pittsburgh Steelers in second round of NFL draft

With two weeks left in the 2002 regular season, the Steelers held first place in the AFC North Division, with a record of 8-5-1, but Stewart spent much of his time on the bench. After a disappointing start to the season, coach Cowher in early October benched Stewart as quarterback in favor of Tommy Maddox, former star of the Arena League and the XFL. Although the move cast his future with the Steelers into doubt, Stewart seemed confident he'd return to the game as a starting quarterback, if not in Pittsburgh than elsewhere in the NFL. "I can't control what other people do," Stewart told the Associated Press. "I've proven myself time and time again, so to express myself and explain myself again, what would that benefit? … If this is the direction they want to go, fine, so be it, but everybody else knows, and this organization knows, what I can do."

Awards and Accomplishments

1990 Named Louisiana's Most Valuable Player in High School Football
1990 New Orleans Player of the Year
1990 Named to Louisiana All-State Football Team
1994 Named to All-American Second Team by Associated Press
1995 Named Most Valuable Rookie by Pittsburgh Steelers teammates
1995 Led Steelers to Super Bowl
1995 Joe Greene Great Performance Award
1996 Voted an alternate to Pro Bowl
1997 Selected as an alternate to Pro Bowl
1998 Led Steelers to AFC Championship Game
2001 Picked to play in the Pro Bowl

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