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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Terry Stewart, TE, Maryville College

Terry Stewart the physical tight end from Maryville College recently sat down with Jonathan Joyce of Draft Diamonds.

Student-Athlete Profile:

  • Terry Stewart
  • Maryville College
  • TE
  • 6’2”
  • 232 LBS.
  • Hometown: Pleasant Grove, AL
  • Twitter: @terry16rgk

2019 Accolades & Statistics:
  • 2019 USA South Football All-Conference Second Team.
  • GP: 10
  • Receptions: 16
  • Receiving Yards: 161
  • YPR: 10.06
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What have you taken away the most from Coach Hayes, Coach Martin and the rest of the Maryville coaching staff?

What I have learned from the coaches these past four years was to work hard at everything I do. There is always room for improvement. Opportunities are everywhere, you must want it more than the next man. Not only did they teach me more about the game of football, but they also taught me more about life and set examples of what it means to handle your business on and off the field.

When football is over, what do you aspire to do in the professional world?

I aspire to one day be able to give back whether it be community service or just helping others make better decisions in life while also learning from others to help better myself as a person.

What separates you from other players at the Tight End position?

I am a ball-hawk and very explosive off the line. I can go out and make a play, but I can also put my hands on the man in front of me and get physical. I am not just good at a certain thing when it comes to Tight Ends. I can excel in all aspects of what it means to be a Tight End.

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Who is the toughest player you’ve competed against during your collegiate career?

Joseph Ledbetter. The defensive end from Averett.

If your life was a book, what would the title be?

“Persevere Through the Smoke.”

Give me your Mount Rushmore of all-time tight ends, past or present. What made you choose these four players?

  1. Shannon Sharpe because I feel as though he brought energy every time he played. Coming from a relatively small school as he did he made the most of his opportunity no matter who lined up in front of him.
  2. Rob Gronkowski because he brought a certain physicality back to blocking as a Tight End as well as being able to go get the ball whenever it was thrown to him.
  3. Tony Gonzalez because he was a playmaker. Most of the time when the ball touched his hands something good was going to happen.
  4. David Martin because he showed me the things that were necessary to play this position at a high level. He shared his experience with me as well as guided me for four years at Maryville College to be the best I can be on and off the field.
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Is there a current or former NFL player you emulate your game after?

Shannon Sharpe because both of us have some of the same characteristics such as height, speed, and knowledge of the game of football.

Let’s take a trip back to the first day of your freshman year at Pleasant Grove High School. What advice would you give yourself then, knowing what you know now?

Never stop working hard. You never know who is watching. Drink a lot of water and eat better.

If I’m in Maryville on a Saturday night during the Fall, where is the one place I have to eat?

Most definitely Hot Rods 50’s Diner.

Give me your elevator pitch, in 15 words or less, on how Terry Stewart will be an asset to their organization for years to come.

I will give my all every day no matter what situations I am faced with.

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