FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) – At 5’10, Josh Stewart isn’t the biggest receiver on the field, but he’s one of the fastest.
“The NFL is a different kind of speed and Josh has that speed,” said position coach and former Cowboys receiver Jesse Holley.
Holley is working out the Oklahoma State slot receiver, at Exos at Athletes Performance, in Frisco ahead of the draft just days after Stewart made the announcement via Instagram. “This is just what I wanted to do and I’m having fun doing it, “ said Stewart. “I don’t regret taking this chance one bit.”
But his Denton Guyer High School football coach, John Walsh, went on record recently and said he wished Stewart had stuck around for his senior year. Stewart said he will complete his education but now is the time to try his hand at the NFL.
“I got people that support me no matter what,” said Stewart. “I have an uncle who says I could be working at Burger King and he’s still going to support me.”
The support Stewart receives from his family and friends is the fuel that drives him. To understand how far he’s come, one must first know where he started; a young kid living in New Orleans with his mom, dad and older brother. Then tragedy after tragedy struck.
“I lost my mom when I was an infant. I lost my father when I was 5-years-old. My brother actually died with my mom in the car accident and my dad died from an accidental shooting,” said Stewart.
Then in 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit flooding the then 12-year-old’s home he shared with his maternal grandparents.
The family fled to Denton which led to him meeting Coach Walsh and his son, JW. It was a meeting that provided countless high school football memories at Denton Guyer.
“We did so much… got to go to state championships, which we talked about since we were freshman. We called ourselves the dream team, “ said Stewart. “We had 15 people sign from that class.”
Though he originally agreed to attend Texas A&M, the Walsh bond led to him de-committing and following his best friend, J.W.,to OSU.
He admits that wasn’t easy but once again he stuck by a difficult decision.
“Anything I’ve ever wanted I’ve always attacked 100 percent and put my all in it,” said Stewart. “I’m just excited for this process.”
Right now, Stewart is a projected mid to late round pick, slot guys like Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks are getting the looks. But maybe it’s time life hands the kid who has always dealt with the tough breaks–a lucky one.
If not Stewart says don’t expect him to quit, in five years he said he hopes people are saying “I’m still a hard worker, a kid that never gives up on his dreams.”
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