PINEVILLE – Former Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart was on hand as part of the grand opening of the new Dick’s Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy store at Carolina Place Mall.
Stewart took part in a three-day grand opening that included former Panthers teammate Thomas Davis, as well as product giveaways.
Stewart signed autographs at the store from 1-3 p.m. May 12, greeting each guest with a handshake and smile. He asked children where they attended school and spent a couple of minutes with each autograph-seeker. When it came time for the signing, Stewart had multiple colored Sharpie markers to sign whatever fans brought including helmets, balls, trading cards, posters, the standard picture provided and even one fan’s cast.
Stewart signed a one-day contract April 23 to retire with the Carolina Panthers, the team that took him with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. In 10 seasons with Carolina, Stewart ran for a franchise record 7,318 yards and 53 touchdowns.
Stewart spent 2018 with the New York Giants, but rushed just six times for 17 yards in three games played before landing on the season-ending injured reserve list.