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Newest Hall of Fame Member – James “Pudge” Stewart

Newest HOF Member, James “Pudge” Stewart

James Stewart, known by his teammates as “Pudge,” is highly-regarded as one of the original leaders of the Pace football program. Stewart had a personality that took the forefront as the program was just beginning back in 1968. He played as the left defensive tackle for the Setters, and was a force to be reckoned with on Pace’s defensive line.

With Stewart’s leadership, the Setters showed swift improvement through their first few seasons, including a Met Club Bowl victory in 1969, just the second season in the program’s history. The Setters knocked off Iona College by a score of 16-7 in front of a crowd of over 5,000 fans to capture the championship. Stewart and the defense posted three shutouts that season, allowing only 10.6 points per game, as the team finished 5-3 overall. Stewart was seen as a coach on the field for a lot of the younger players, and welcomed anyone who joined what he called his “Doomsday Defense.” He gained a reputation as unblockable, and despite his large stature, he was as fast as anyone on the team for 20 yards.

Many have said that Pace football may not have gotten off the ground if not for Stewart, who is also commonly called the “Face of the Pace University Football Team” through its formative years. The Setters went on to find great success throughout the 70s, and many credit Stewart, along with numerous other Hall of Famers, for laying the foundation of the program.

You can read about Pudge and all of our other Hall of Famers HERE

Here is Pudge accepting his award:

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