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Courtney Martinez | | August 6, 2015

Jon Stewart: College soccer star and comedian

  Jon Stewart once led William & Mary to NCAA tournament in 1983.

Comedian Jon Stewart has been entertaining audiences with his fiery wit and hot takes on political and pop culture topics since he took over as host of The Daily Show in 1999. But long before he became a staple in late-night television, Stewart was making moves on the soccer pitch at William & Mary in the early 1980s.

Stewart, known then by his given name Leibowitz, started his career on the Tribe junior varsity men’s soccer team during his freshman year. However, it didn’t take long for the comedian to make his way up the ladder to the varsity squad before his sophomore season.

In his three seasons as a varsity player, Stewart finished his career with 10 goals, but perhaps no goal was more important than the game-winner the midfielder scored in the 1983 ECAC championship.

Stewart scored what would become the game-winning goal just two minutes into the match against Connecticut. The shocking upset secured a spot for the Tribe in the NCAA tournament.

Stewart concludes his 16-year run on The Daily Show on Thursday night. 

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