Robert Stewart, former Alabama All-American, dead at 55

Ancient Alabama All-American Robert Stewart died at age 55 this weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina. His cause of death is unknown.

Stewart played football at the University of Alabama from 1988 to 1991. During his senior season, the defensive lineman finished with 59 tackles, eight tackles for loss, and six sacks. Stewart was named to the All-American and All-SEC first team that season. The Crimson Tide finished with an 11-1 record and a national No. 5 ranking in 1991.

Stewart played under coaches Ray Perkins, Bill Curry and Gene Stallings during his tenure. Curry wrote on his online obituary page, via AL.com.

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“Robert was a powerful positive presence every day on our team,” Curry said. “His smile increased great physical strength, so everyone loved and respected him. Good luck Robert.

Stewart began his career at Alabama as an inside linebacker, then a fullback before moving to nose tackle.

The Saints drafted Stewart in the eighth round of the 1992 NFL Draft. However, instead of joining the NFL at the start of the season, Stewart made a career in the Arena Football League.

He played in the AFL for 11 years, competing for five different teams. He was named AFL Lineman of the Year in 1999 while playing for the New Jersey Red Dogs.

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