PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Even after writing a tell-all book, Kordell Stewart isn't done telling all.
The former Steelers quarterback joined "The Fan Morning Show" on Wednesday to talk about his recently-released autobiography, "Truth: The Kordell Stewart Story," in which he opens up about everything that happened during his career, both on and off the field.
He left no stone unturned when it came to telling his story, but when he joined the show, he still had plenty to say.
Stewart is fully aware that rumors about his sexuality and sexual endeavors are an inescapable part of his life story. He talked about what he told his Steelers teammates after the rumors first started.
"I said, 'Hey man, look, the guys in this room, you know who I am,'" Stewart said. "You know what I represent and you know what I'm about. I'm a godly man. I said, 'When God created the heavens and the Earth, he didn't create Adam and Steve. He created Adam and Eve. And that's what I believe.'"
"I believe [that] for every man, there is a female, a woman - not a man. Now, people can do what they choose and feel the way they want to feel about that. Like, I don't care, that's their business. Because if you say I'm a drug dealer, I'll be ticked off. If you said I'm something other than what I am, I'll be ticked off, and so it goes no different for that rumor."
Stewart explained that he tried to just shrug it all off, but found doing so to be difficult.
"When you're fighting the battle as an African-American quarterback in the game, that's one battle, convincing people in the community and your teammates that you're worthy of being a starter on the team," Stewart said. "And then, now you have this? I mean, that was an uphill battle every single day. So, that's why it caused me to stay in my little world, and in my little zone, to allow myself to focus."
"Some people were like, 'Man, don't worry about that, it doesn't matter, don't!'" Stewart later continued. "Yeah, it does matter. Because you're being accused of something that's not true, and you have people looking at you with funny faces, and cutting their eyes at you, and (you're) walking into Morton's, and people are cheering when you're with your girlfriend. I'm like, what the hell is going on around here?"
That being said, he never lost his confidence in his ability on the field.
"We would make changes to go to Mike Tomczak, Kent Graham, Tommy Maddox," Stewart said. "It never really worked. And who would they go back to, and how much success would we have going back to that? And that was me. And so all I could do in that is watch it, stay ready, stay prepared."
Stewart's words were certainly pointed, but he wanted to be clear that he's not out to attack anyone with his autobiography. Rather, he's hoping to use his life story to teach what he sees as a vital life lesson.
"If you can stay focused on the task at hand, regardless of what goes on around you, stay in your zone," Stewart said. "Stay true to your core values. Stay true to what you know is best for you, regardless of what that is and what they're saying."
The interview can be heard here:
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