Kordell Stewart book signings
On Saturday, former CU quarterback Kordell Stewart will be in two locations for signings of his new book, "Truth: The Kordell Stewart Story," which was released last month:
• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Bender's Bar & Grill in Westminster (10710 Westminster Blvd.)
• 3:30 to 5:30 p.m: Barnes & Noble in Glendale (960 S. Colorado Blvd.)
Former CU head coach Bill McCartney will be on hand at Bender's to introduce Stewart.
Throughout his life, Kordell Stewart has been through a lot of the same trials many others have been through.
That's why the former Colorado and NFL quarterback believes his story could be an inspiration to those who read it.
Stewart, 43, who finished his CU career in 1994 and his NFL career in 2005, recently published his autobiography, "Truth: The Kordell Stewart Story." He will be at two locations in the Denver area on Saturday to meet fans and sign copies of the book.
"I'm pretty excited about it," said Stewart, who spent several years formulating his ideas for the book. "To finally to get to this place, it's pretty gratifying."
For years, football fans have known Stewart as "Slash," the multitalented athlete who guided CU to great success in the early 1990s before embarking on a successful NFL career.
Stewart still ranks fourth on CU's all-time passing list (6,481 yards). As the Buffs' primary starter from 1992-94, CU went 28-6-2 (27-5-1 with him as the starter) and played in three bowl games.
Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers to play receiver, Stewart eventually played quarterback for the Steelers. He threw for more than 14,746 yards in his career and took the Steelers to the AFC Championship game twice.
The athlete side of Stewart is well known, but he wanted this book to be about the personal side of his life.
"Athletes are only looked at one way; it's all about the productivity on the football field," he said. "The side that really matters, which is life, I think is thrown out the window. Some people have a tendency to formulate what they think a person is like in real life based on what's going on the football field.
"This book, it's not just about football, it's about transparency and understanding that we're human, we go through the same things that the normal, everyday person goes through."
Stewart was 11 years old when his mother, Florence, lost her battle with cancer. He was 23 when his sister, Falisha, passed away. He also lost a cousin at that time.
During his professional career — and even recently — Stewart has had to deal with rumors about his sexuality. And after football, Stewart had a very public marriage and divorce to Porsha Williams. During their two years together, their marriage was spotlighted on the reality show, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."
Stewart shares all of the personal struggles, as well as the triumphs, in his book.
"It was something that I wanted to put in my book to give people the opportunity to be inspired by a story that's probably similar to a lot of people's lives, in the sense of going through adversity and having to endure when the feeling of enduring is not really that good," he said.
The book also includes Stewart's childhood, his stellar career at CU, his success and struggles as a player in the NFL and his life after football. Today, he is the father of one son, Syre, and co-hosts a sports talk show titled "No Huddle" on TuneIn radio.
Putting his story out there has created closure in some areas, he said, but mainly it's about inspiring others to persevere through the ups and downs of life.
"I had those tough moments in my life that could have caused me to point the finger and play the role of the victim and be negative," he said, "but I chose to look at the glass half full, be as positive as I could and allowed those moments in my life to help thicken my skin and help me become the man that I've become up to this point."
Brian Howell: firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.