Longtime NFL running back Jonathan Stewart is hanging up his cleats. Stewart announced his retirement this morning after 11 seasons.
Stewart spent 2018 with the New York Giants, though he was limited to three games and six carries by injury. For the first 10 years of his career, he was a fixture for the Carolina Panthers.
Stewart signed a one-day contract with the Panthers today so he would be able to retire with the team that drafted him in the first round back in 2008.
The No. 13 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Oregon, Stewart rushed for 7,335 yards and 51 touchdowns in his 11-year career. He topped the 1,000-yard mark in 2009, teaming up with DeAngelo Williams to become the first pair of teammates to each rush for 1,100 yards or more in a season.
While injuries sapped Stewart of most of the 2012 and 2013 seasons, he returned strong and made his lone Pro Bowl in 2015. That year, he helped the Panthers to a 15-1 regular season record and an appearance in the Super Bowl.
Stewart scored the team's lone touchdown in that Super Bowl loss to the Denver Broncos.
We wish the best of luck to Stewart and his family in retirement.