Super Bowl 50 Champion Darian Stewart is calling it a career after 10 NFL seasons
From going undrafted to being a Super Bowl Champion, Darian Stewart has had plenty of memorable moments throughout his time in the NFL.
When asked what he was most proud of in his NFL career, he humbly responded:
"I got to experience the highs and lows of the NFL, from being on one of the worst teams to being the best team. I got a chance to win a Super Bowl and Pro Bowl. The only thing left to check off that list is Hall of Fame, which was out of reach and there was not really nothing else to do, so I’m happy with walking away from the game on my own terms. Darian Stewart via the Denver Broncos"
Throughout his four-year stay in Denver, he recorded 254 tackles, 24 pass breakups, nine interceptions, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and one sack. Stewart became a key member of the Broncos’ “No Fly Zone’ and a staple in the Wade Phillips defense that lead Denver to its third Super Bowl title.
As Broncos Country congratulates Darian Stewart in capping off his 10-year NFL Career, here are his top-5 moments as a Denver Bronco.
5. AFC Championship Game
In many ways, the 2015 AFC Championship game against the Patriots felt like a Super Bowl itself. It would be the final chapter in the Brady-Manning rivalry, and unlike previous matchups, the Patriots seemed healthier than ever with Edelman, Amendola, and Gronk all in the starting lineup.
The reason why this game deserves to be recognized as one of Stewart’s best moments in Denver is because it highlighted how valuable he was for the Broncos down the stretch.
Throughout the first three quarters, Stewart was able to rack up three tackles and came away with a huge interception as the Patriots pushed for a late field goal nearing the end of the first half.
Unfortunately, Stewart ended up suffering an MCL sprain later in the third quarter. The injury put him on the sidelines and proved to be costly for the Broncos, as Gronk was able to make several big plays deep in the secondary to keep the Patriots in the game.
In the end, the Broncos were able to outlast the Patriots in a nail biter, 18-20. Stewart’s only turnover of the game turned out to be a big one in a one-possession game that was almost too close to call with only seconds left on the clock.