Steelers announce Stewart's release
QB Kordell Stewart was officially released today
QB Kordell Stewart was officially released today

Posted Feb 26, 2003


PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers today announced the release of veteran quarterback Kordell Stewart.

Stewart, a second-round draft pick in 1995 from Colorado, has been the Steelers’ starting quarterback for the majority of the past six seasons until relinquishing his starting position to Tommy Maddox after the third game of the 2002 season.


PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers today announced the release of veteran quarterback Kordell Stewart.

Stewart, a second-round draft pick in 1995 from Colorado, has been the Steelers’ starting quarterback for the majority of the past six seasons until relinquishing his starting position to Tommy Maddox after the third game of the 2002 season.

The quarterback, who was nicknamed “Slash” early in his Steelers’ career by Head Coach Bill Cowher because of his versatile athletic ability, leaves the Steelers with the second-most passing yards in Steelers history (13,328) and ranked 13 th in rushing (2,561 yards) on the Steelers all-time list.

“Kordell Stewart gave us everything he had and brought a lot of excitement and success to us on the field,” said Steelers president Dan Rooney. “He also is a good person who contributed much of his time in this community. He always handled himself with class and dignity. We appreciate all of the contributions he has made to the Steelers and we wish him well.”

“In order for us to comply with the salary cap, we are forced to make some very difficult decisions,” said Cowher. “He was a terrific player for us and always handled himself as a consummate professional. We wish Kordell all the best as he continues his NFL career.”

STEWART’S REGULAR SEASON CAREER STATISTICS

Passing Att. Comp Pct. Yds LG TD Int. Sacks-Lost Rtg Start.
1995 Pittsburgh (AFC) 7 5 71.4 60 32 1 0 1-0 136.9 0-0
1996 Pittsburgh (AFC) 30 11 36.7 100 15 0 2 3-37 18.8 0-0
1997 Pittsburgh (AFC) 440 236 53.6 3,020 69t 21 17 20-152 75.2 11-5
1998 Pittsburgh (AFC) 458 252 55.0 2,560 55t 11 18 33-211 62.9 7-9
1999 Pittsburgh (AFC) 275 160 58.2 1,464 42 6 10 22-131 64.9 5-6
2000 Pittsburgh (AFC) 289 151 52.2 1,860 45t 11 8 30-150 76.2 7-4
2001 Pittsburgh (AFC) 442 266 60.2 3,109 90t 14 11 29-175 81.7 13-3
2002 Pittsburgh (AFC) 166 109 65.7 1,155 64t 6 6 7-46 82.8 3-2
NFL Totals (8years) 2,107 1,190 56.5 13,328 90t 70 72 137-882 72.3 46-30


RUSHING No. Yds Avg. LG TD
1995 Pittsburgh (AFC) 15 86 5.7 22t 1
1996 Pittsburgh (AFC) 39 171 4.4 80t 5
1997 Pittsburgh (AFC) 88 476 5.4 74t 11
1998 Pittsburgh (AFC) 78 403 5.2 56 2
1999 Pittsburgh (AFC) 55 256 4.7 21 2
2000 Pittsburgh (AFC) 78 426 5.6 45t 7
2001 Pittsburgh (AFC) 96 537 5.8 48t 5
2002 Pittsburgh (AFC) 43 191 4.4 28t 2
NFL Totals (8 years) 496 2,540 5.1 80t 35
Receiving No. Yds. Avg. LG TD
1995 Pittsburgh (AFC) 14 235 16.8 71 t1
1996 Pittsburgh (AFC) 17 293 17.2 48 3
1997 Pittsburgh (AFC) 0 0 0.0 - 0
1998 Pittsburgh (AFC) 1 17 17.0 17 0
1999 Pittsburgh (AFC) 9 113 12.6 28 1
2000 Pittsburgh (AFC) 0 0 0.0 0
2001 Pittsburgh (AFC) 0 0 0.0 - 0
2002 Pittsburgh (AFC) 0 0 0.0 -- 0
NFL Totals (8 years) 41 658 16.0 71 t5


STEWART’S POSTSEASON CAREER STATISTICS

Passing Att. Comp Pct. Yds LG TD Int. Sacks-Lost Rtg Start
1995 Pittsburgh (AFC) 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0.0 0-0
1996 Pittsburgh (AFC) 11 1 0.1 0 0 0 0 1-5 39.6 0-0
1997 Pittsburgh (AFC) 67 32 47.8 335 28 1 4 5-11 42.8 1-1
2001 Pittsburgh (AFC) 64 36 56.3 409 32t 1 4 5-18 54.8 1-1
2002 Pittsburgh (AFC) 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0.0 0-0
NFL Totals (5 years) 142 69 48.6 744 32t 2 8 11-32 45.6 2-2

 

RUSHING Att Yds Avg LG TD
1995 Pittsburgh (AFC) 9 32 3.6 7 0
1996 Pittsburgh (AFC) 13 67 5.2 24 2
1997 Pittsburgh (AFC) 14 112 8.0 40 t2
2001 Pittsburgh (AFC) 18 71 3.9 34 0
2002 Pittsburgh (AFC) 0 0 0.0 -- 0
NFL Totals (5 years) 54 282 5.2 40 t4
Receiving No Yds Avg LG TD
1995 Pittsburgh (AFC) 4 45 11.3 19 1
1996 Pittsburgh (AFC) 0 0 0.0 0 0
1997 Pittsburgh (AFC) 0 0 0.0 - 0
2001 Pittsburgh (AFC) 0 0 0.0 - 0
2002 Pittsburgh (AFC) 0 0 0.0 -- 0
NFL Totals (5years) 4 45 11.3 19 1









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