Had there been Internet recruiting sites during the 90’s, there is little doubt Tony Stewart would have been a blue-chip prospect. Receiving 30 scholarship offers, including from Michigan and Miami (FL), Stewart ultimately chose to play for Penn State, where he would go on to be the starting tight end in the 1999 and 2000 seasons. During his time in Happy Valley, he amassed 59 total receptions for 861 yards and three touchdowns, including a team-high 38 catches for 451 yards and two TD’s his senior year. As a result, Stewart set a then-school record for most receptions by a tight end in a season (which was of course, smashed by Mike Gesicki’s 57 receptions in 2017).
Tony would go on to be drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round of the 2001 NFL Draft, and enjoyed a nearly decade-long career in the league playing for the Eagles, Bengals, and Raiders. Today, he is a life coach and mentor to young athletes in California, where he currently resides with his family.
Stewart’s old #89 jersey is currently being rocked by Colton Maxwell, a redshirt sophomore run-on receiver.