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April 30, 2012

Chasing Destiny by Chris Stewart

by Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart wrote an article about chasing his own destiny. Chris Stewart played for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2006-2010) as an offensive lineman. He was picked up as a UDFA by the New York Jets, but was cut before the preseason ended. He is currently on the Arizona Cardinals’ roster trying to make the 53-man team. CS wrote this article about the unique opportunity that he has received.

I never knew that I’d be 24 years old and this would be life. It was never supposed to be like this, was all that I could think about. The day was April 26, 2011 and a friend of mine, Cheta Ozougwu, had just been taken as Mr. Irrelevant, the last pick in the 2011 NFL draft. Despite having a good Pro Day, starting 3+ years at Notre Dame, and having a fourth round “draft grade” before the start of my final season, I had gone undrafted. I spent the rest of that day like the previous two days in complete and utter silence. Sitting at a friend’s family home in Culver, IN was a surreal moment that I will never forget for the rest of my life. I may have been forgotten for those three days in April of 2010, but I am hell bent on making sure ‘they’ won’t ever forget about me again…

I was asked to start a unique opportunity, and post a blog on this site, and I am going to take advantage of it. I am in every sense of the word to most people in the football world, “a nobody” and yet, I’m now signed on with the Arizona Cardinals. I am probably unlike any football player that you’ve ever seen. That is because during my fifth year in college at Notre Dame, I became blessed enough to become the first Division I football player to become a law student while still playing the game we all love. This background coupled with a unique lockout perspective, viewers of my blog will be exposed to a side of Notre Dame, the NFL, and the sports entertainment world unlike most of you have ever read about before. It is my hope that I will give readers a chance to see these programs and this business from a new perspective.

Like some of my readers and so many other people in the NFL, I am just a guy trying to make something of himself at a job in which I love. It is not a dream of mine to play football, far from it. It is what I was destined to do. The only question now is how long my career will last. As you will quickly find out about me, I believe a lot in the fulfillment of destiny and that each person is here on this Earth for a reason to reach their fullest potential. I will give you fair warning though. I am a goofy, opinionated person who has no problem taking a stance on issues pertinent to my life and the world I live in every day. I do have a duty as a player to protect myself, my club, and the NFL shield so I won’t get that out of hand (no fines for me please), but I will be true to my opinions. I can’t wait to see where this blog goes, both on and off the field this year. With that being said, here is a preview of my next topic…

I had picked a ‘great’ time to come out of college and go to the pros. The lockout was in full swing the year I left college and no one knew what the hell was really going to happen with the court proceedings or how they would shape the estimated $9 BILLION industry that is the NFL. Many viewers know that this new CBA has changed the league in a number of ways, but what effects did this lockout have on the vast majority of players who earn the league minimum each year in the league?

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