There is a misconception that great players are always highly coveted recruits. But this great moment is the result of the achievements of a former walk-on player. In 1993, place-kicker John Stewart became the first All-American selection since football returned to the Hilltop in 1989. Stewart's stellar 1993 season comes in at No. 81 on our list of the 90 Greatest Moments in SMU Football History.
Stewart became the first SMU All-American selection since Reggie Dupard in 1985 when the Mustang kicker was honored following the 1993 season. A former walk-on who had never attempted a field goal or extra point prior to his senior season in 1993, Stewart converted on all of his 23 extra point attempts, as well as hit 13 of his 17 field goal attempts, including a 55-yarder.
Stewart's 55-yard field goal against Baylor is the second longest field goal in SMU history. By receiving All-American honors in 1993, Stewart joined the ranks of SMU greats like Eric Dickerson, Don Meredith, and Doak Walker. To this day, Stewart is the only Mustang to be named an All-American in the post-death penalty era. John Stewart definitely earned his place in the 90 Greatest Moments in SMU Football History.