Walter Stewart??

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  1. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    Walter Stewart takes inspirational path to NFL Scouting Combine

    On that twisted day in June, two days before Walter Stewart's 13th birthday, something told him to run. He needed to put this strange situation behind him. It was a time to press forward, no longer a time to look back.

    So when another argument with his mother turned more violent than usual -- she threw a telephone that caused damage to his face -- the future football prospect got out of the house, his life on its way to being forever altered.

    "It just started to get out of control," said Stewart, now a product of the University of Cincinnati preparing for the 2013 NFL Draft as a defensive end. "The way she was using discipline on me ... we weren't meshing. So I ran away."

    Stewart, who appreciatively entered Ohio's foster-care system within two days, no longer looks back at his past with any resentment. He doesn't begrudge his biological mother, who gave birth to him when she was 12. He doesn't feel sorry for himself, refusing to dwell on his childhood or the struggles he endured.

    Then why is it even important? Well, after five years in the foster-care system, which included a move away from Columbus to the small town of Ashville, Ohio, Stewart is not defined by his past. But he was most certainly molded by it.

    Less than 10 years later, Stewart is among the 333 college football players invited to next week's NFL Scouting Combine. And while you probably know little about him -- or the spinal abnormality that continues to jeopardize his career -- few could possibly face a more uncertain week ahead after taking a more uncertain path to get here.

    Few have endured greater. Few have a more inspirational story to share. And few will be more interesting to follow, as you'll see once you know his whole story.
  2. RS12

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    Dan Kadar ‏@MockingTheDraft
    Stewart is a big talent – he covered receivers in the slot, played inside at tackle and is best at end. But that injury is scary.
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  3. tm1119

    tm1119 Well-Known Member

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    Wow what a story. I really want to say that he deserves a shot, but then again I would hate to see another young man paralyzed from playing football. Thats a tough situation all around.
  4. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    makes you wonder sometimes. Look at all the completely healthy greatly skilled players that bust each year for various reasons.

    Then here is a kid that screams RKG who will probably never even get a chance.
  5. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    Mayock's an idiot. There is no way this guy goes in the top 10. I don't care what the medical looks like.
  6. BAT

    BAT Mr. Fixit

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    Great story. Is this another injured blue chipper Cowboys' take a chance on?

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