Reports emerging from United States news outlets have confirmed the passing of Alabama’s ‘All American’ former footballer Robert Stewart.
Stewart passed away over the June 4 weekend in Charlotte due to undisclosed causes.
He played for the University of Alabama from 1988 to 1991, and in 1999 the defensive linesman was dubbed ‘linesman of the year 1999 while playing for the New Jersey Red Dogs. After moving to Arena football, Stewart had an 11-year career which ended in 2004 but saw him chosen six times as the All-Arena pick.
Described as ‘even-keeled,’ calm, and very physical, many friends and colleagues shared tributes of the man they remembered with great affection.
Former Alabama teammate John Copeland, said he only played one season with Stewart, but that was enough to have an impact on him. Copeland said:
“I think he’s the kind of guy who would give you anything. The shirt off his back. He was a very calm guy. A very personable guy. Easy to talk to. One of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.”
Bill Curry, former Alabama coach, said:
“Robert was a powerful positive presence every day on our team.”
“His smile augmented great physical strength, so everyone loved and respected him. Godspeed, Robert.”