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    Jeremy Stewart Looks to Succeed in the Business World with Wharton School MBA As He Did in the NFL

    Written by: Aaron Randolph

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    Former NFL running back Jeremy Stewart has taken his talents from the football field to the classroom.  Stewart played in the National Football League for four years and is now enrolled as a full-time graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business majoring in Finance.

     

    Jeremy Stewart exceeded in football at the high school, collegiate, and professional level. Stewart had been playing since he was eight years old. During his high school years at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Stewart was first team all-state, all-district, and all-metro during his senior year. He played college football at Stanford University, where he had an excellent game during the 2011 Orange Bowl. He had five rushes for 99 yards and one touchdown leading his team to a 40-12 victory against the Virginia Tech Hokies.

     

    Once he finished his college career, Stewart went to the National Football League. During the 2012 Draft, he went undrafted but was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent. He had two short stints with the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets. He was eventually released from both teams, but Stewart believed that the adversity of being released from two teams helped him deal with tough situations. Stewart also played for the Oakland Raiders for two seasons and played one season for the Denver Broncos.

     

     

    During his college days at Stanford, he was opened to various career opportunities and towards the end of his professional playing career. While being enrolled at Stanford, Stewart had a huge interest in going into business. During the third year of his NFL career, Stewart realized he wanted to go back to school. He attended a wedding where he met some people that exposed him to business school for the first time because they were currently enrolled. He also saw some of his college teammates during the off-season and watching them excel at business made him want to attend school as well. He didn’t want to be too old trying to attend school and going to business school is something that he believes has more upside because football does not last forever.

     

    The transition for Stewart wasn’t easy because he devoted most of his life to playing football. During his transition from football to school, he had to change his day to day life. Instead of making sure he was in shape to play football, he had to get his mind ready for business school. 

     

    Moving forward, Stewart has major plans on how he will utilize his MBA once he graduates. “The biggest thing for me is to improve my knowledge as an athlete, having that knowledge of how a business works gives me so much leverage in general.” Stewart intends to go into investment banking and the tech industry. He is already making important strides to accomplish those goals by investing in his wife’s software company. During the summer, he will be working in investment banking with a leverage finance group at Wells Fargo in San Francisco. He will be helping companies make investments and acquiring other companies. 

     

    Soon, Stewart would like to help other athletes with their financial issues and literacy. He had some advice for current players that are playing in the NFL. “My advice to them is to start planning ahead and start taking the steps to set yourself up for post-football.” Jeremy Stewart has used his platform of playing football to set himself up for the best position possible for life after football. Stewart was successful on the football field and now will look to attain the same success in the business world.

     

     

    About Aaron Randolph, Contributing Sports Writer 

    Aaron Randolph was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia. He is currently a Class of 2018 Media Studies and Production major at Temple University. Aaron has always had a passion for media and sports production, as well as film production.  He is currently an intern for Fox 29 News and producer for a media company called MyNewPhilly. As he progresses throughout his career, he hopes to build a community center for at risk youth and women who have been victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. 

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    Darrell Walker Reenergizes Basketball Program at Clark Atlanta University Using NBA Experience 

    Clark Atlanta University Head Coach Darrell Walker against the Boston Celtics. Walker played with the New York Knicks from 1983-1986

     

    Words: Craig Allen Brown

    Images: Darrell Walker | CAU Athletics

     

    Former NBA player and coach Darrell Walker is using his experiences and compassion to significantly alter the lives of student-athletes at Clark Atlanta University.  His men’s basketball team is undergoing significant growth, in the classroom and on the hardwood.

     

    Darrell Walker excelled at basketball at the collegiate level under College Hall of Fame coach Eddie Sutton.  He twice led the University of Arkansas to the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA tournament.  In his last year as a Razorback, Walker averaged 18.2 point and 5.7 rebounds, and was selected as both the Southwest Conference’s Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.  His play resulted in his selection as a first round pick of the New York Knicks. 

     

    Walker began coaching after a 10-year NBA career as a player, which culminated in an NBA championship alongside Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in 1993.  He served as a head coach for both the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards before going on to assistant coaching positions with the New Orleans Hornets, Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks.

     

    It was during these years as an assistant that Walker developed a desire to coach at the college level.  Along with being involved with the sport that he loved, Walker eagerly anticipated the opportunity to assist young men in achieving their college degrees.  Clark Atlanta University Athletic Director Lin Dawson valued the experience that Walker bought to the table as both an NBA player and coach, and subsequently offered him the men’s head coach position.

     

     

    Upon being hired, Walker immediately changed the face of the program.  Prior to his arrival, the CAU Panthers only managed nine wins throughout the 2015-2016 season.  However, Walker more than doubled that amount of wins during his first year.  His team finished the season with a seven-game winning streak, resulting in the best overall record in the conference, an SIAC tournament championship, and a berth in the NCAA Division II national tournament, before falling to top-seeded University of Alabama in Huntsville.

     

    Walker not only changed operations on the basketball court; he changed the way in which his players pursued their educations.  He randomly visits his players’ classes to ensure that they are attending regularly; disciplinary action is taken if a student-athlete is not present.  He also implemented an annual art auction, where he donates pieces from his own personal collection for auction-goers to bid on.  Funds raised during the auction are used to pay for summer school, to ensure his players graduate on time.

    Walker’s second year at the helm has proven to be even more fulfilling than his first.  After 19 games, the Clark Atlanta University Panthers are 18-1, and ranked #22 among Division II schools nationally.  The team is undefeated in conference and division play, and ranks in the top three in several conference statistical categories, including scoring offense, scoring defense, turnover margin and scoring margin.

     

    Despite all the success he has achieved on the court, Walker is most proud of his influence off of it.  “When you get a kid to come play for you, it’s important that they leave with a degree,” he said. 

     

    About Craig Allen Brown, Contributing Sports Writer 

    Craig Allen Brown was born in Ramstein, Germany. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Personnel Actions Specialist.  He served for 22 years, retiring in 2014.  Upon retirement, he enrolled at Clark Atlanta University, majoring in Mass Media Arts.  He will graduate with honors in May 2018.

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