Anwar Stewart was the ideal defensive end of the CFL with his combination of speed and aggressiveness. After playing college ball at Kentucky, Stewart was signed and released by Calgary twice, in June of 2000 and June of 2001. In total, Stewart played one regular season game for the Stampeders.
Montreal snapped him up for the 2002 season and they couldn't have been happier with the way Stewart played. Stewart won three East All-Stars in 2003, 2004 and 2009 and two CFL All-Stars in 2004 and 2009. Stewart's best year was 2004, when he was named the Outstanding Defensive Player in the CFL, but he was also a runner-up and the Outstanding Defensive Player in the East in 2009.
An example of Stewart's speed can be seen by the fact that he is sometimes used on offence at tight end where he had 10 career receptions. It is also not unusual to see Stewart back in pass coverage from his defensive end position! Steewart has recorded 10 career interceptions, which is probably an unofficial record for a defensive lineman. Stewart has returned three of those interceptions for touchdowns. Stewart also provided the expected pressure on the quarterback from his defensive end position, recording 70 career quaterback sacks.
Towards the end of his career, there were rumours that this would be Stewart's last and that he would be replaced by someone younger. Stewart, however, kept bating off thos young challengers until he was finally released by Montreal following the 2011 season. Stewart ws not quite ready to call it a career though and when Calgary ran into injury problems on the defensive line in 2012, Stewart returned to play for the team he started his CFL career with in 2001. Calgary released Stewart in February of 2013.
And then just when it seemed Stewart's playing career was over, the Montreal Alouettes gave him a call in 2013 when injuries struck their defensive line. Stewart remained with the Alouettes for 014, but finally hung up his cleats to become an assistant coach with the Alouettes.
Alouettes bring Anwar Stewart back home
Stewart (6'3'', 255 lbs.), rejoins Montreal after making eight Grey Cup appearances with the Alouettes from 2002 to 2011, while helping lead the team to championships in 2002, 2009 and 2010.
Stewart spent 10 years with the Alouettes and holds the club's all-time record for career quarterback sacks with 66. The CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2004, Stewart was also named a CFL All-Star in 2004 and 2009.
Most recently, the 37-year-old signed with the Calgary Stampeders last October, where he proved his worth, recording four sacks in as many games, while helping Calgary reach the 100th Grey Cup game