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NFL Draft: Cincinnati’s own Walter Stewart Trying to Live NFL Dream

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Sept 15, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats defensive lineman Walter Stewart (54) looks at a replay during the third quarter of the game against the Delaware State Hornets at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Leifheit-USA TODAY Sports

University of Cincinnati defensive end Walter Stewart is attempting a miraculous comeback that could result in hearing his name called during the NFL Draft after it looked as though he would no longer be able to play football.  After suffering a neck injury in the Bearcats’ October 13th game against Fordham, doctors discovered a congenital defect in his spine, and told him he could never play the game he loved again.

Now he’s attempting a comeback, and other doctors have said he could resume his career with no further risks. If healthy, reports Stewart would rank as a potential mid-round prospect. But they also pointed out that if teams aren’t satisfied with Stewart’s medical grade, he’ll go undrafted. Either way, Stewart will likely be in someone’s camp this summer. 

Stewart is just thankful to have the opportunity to play in the NFL and get the opportunity to be at this week’s NFL Scouting Combine:

"Now that I got an invite to the combine it allows teams to see me and gives me a better understanding of whether I should keep going and it speeds up the whole process of finding work if it is playing football or not. I’m just excited to be in that whole atmosphere."