Former Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart has signed an one day contract with the Carolina Panthers to retire from the NFL.
Stewart was a Duck from 2005-2007. He was a former five star recruit that is currently the third all time highest ranked signee ever for the program. He finished his Ducks career with 516 carries for 2,891 yards and 27 touchdowns. One could say that he started the trend of dominant running backs in Ducks recent history.
He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers with the 13th overall selection in the 2008 draft.
Stewart is the career rushing yards and touchdowns leader for the Panthers after a ten year career with the Panthers before moving onto the New York Giants for the 2018 season.
According to Spotrac, Stewart has career earnings of $51,125,506 over an impressive 11 year career.
He joins fellow Ducks alumni Haloti Ngata and Max Unger in 2019 retirement. To have an 11 year career at one of the more physically draining positions in the National Football League is very impressive. Most running backs are done after just four years, according to some statistics. He could teach a thing or two to the current generation of Ducks’ RBs.
Happy retirement, Mr. Stewart!