CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Running back Jonathan Stewart officially retired from the Carolina Panthers this week. The veteran running back announced Tuesday that he would be signing a one-day contract so he could retire with the team he had played 10 seasons with.
Stewart celebrated his retirement Wednesday by partaking in a Play 60 event with dozens of kids from the Charlotte community. He also took to the podium to speak tearfully about leaving the organization.
"I'm honored and grateful to have this moment to be signed yesterday to retire as a Panther. I just wanted you guys to know I'm very appreciative," said Stewart.
The running back rushed for more than 7,000 yards during his 11-year career and scored a total of 51 touchdowns.
"Everything that me and my wife aspire to be for this community is because of the Carolina Panthers," Stewart said Wednesday.
During Wednesday’s festivities, Stewart met with the Play 60 kids, participated in drills with them and even took a big photo with the group.