South Laurel High School center Seth Stewart’s father Sergeant Gordon Stewart has been serving our country in the National Guard overseas for seven months and he got to see his son play his closing game of junior year.
“I grew up playing football with him,” said Seth.
“He has taught me pretty much everything I know about it and for him to get to watch me play live from Kuwait that was amazing you know.”
Seth’s mother said her husband and Seth’s grandfather even had a football waiting on him when he came home from the hospital as a newborn.
“He has grown up on football,” said mother Diane Stewart.
“He had called me earlier that day to let me know he was going to watch me from Kuwait, I know I couldn't mess up and had to be on my a game,” said Seth.
His mom said they were unsure if he would get to play after a heart scare at the beginning of the season. Seth passed out on a Wednesday before the first game of the season this year. She said the entire time he was in the hospital all he thought about was being able to play underneath the bright Friday night lights.
“He was still in the hospital so he couldn't play on Friday night but then the next Friday night he came out and played and he was so excited and that's just been the big thing with him and his dad where his dad was gone," said Diane.
“Knowing that dad could watch there at the end, knowing that I could play at the end, ‘cause there was a chance I might not get to be able to play, I just felt blessed really,” said Seth.
“We have just went through so much as a family and it was almost like we were together even though we were far apart,” said Diane.
Seth said in the end, he finished the season strong with his biggest fan watching.