Playing high school football at Fultondale High School was a great experience for former Alabama star ArDarius Stewart. Last Tuesday, the 79th overall draft choice of the New York Jets said, “thank you” by donating over $15,000 worth of jerseys and helmets to the Wildcat football program.
Stewart was on hand at Fultondale to help unveil the new headgears. His donation included two different Schutt helmets. The Schutt F7 is considered to be one of the best helmets on the market and Coach Richie Busby said that his linebackers and running backs will likely wear that helmet. Stewart also donated some Schutt z10 helmets. The Wildcats will have two helmets in 2017-one orange and one white.
“I’m a physical player, so the helmet is the most important part of the game,” Stewart said on al.com. “So I had to make sure these guys were set. They’re very protected now, with these helmets. I expect to see a lot of physicality, and a lot of hitting.”
“If my son was playing on this team, I would want him in the best equipment that we can possible have,” Coach Busby said. “I feel like I’m going to do that for these kids.
“Safety is the No. 1 issue everyone is concerned with about football, and the equipment just keeps getting better and better. It’s safer to me than it’s ever been. I’m just excited for our kids to have them.”
Stewart led Fultondale to a 10-3 record in 2011 and 2012. As a quarterback, he was voted as 2A Back of the Year both seasons and to the ASWA Super 12 team in 2011 and 2012. Stewart was also selected to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All Star Game after his senior season.