Jon Stewart, TDS host and ex-footie player
Jon Stewart, the host of the popular The Daily Show, where many Americans sick of the kowtowing mainstream media go for well deserved snark at the expert foreign policy pronouncements of Dick Cheney and our bunch of lily livered senators, played for the College of William and Mary mens soccer team from 1981 to 1983
By all accounts he was not a terrible player, as a member of The Tribe’s team from 1981 to 1983, he scored 10 goals and was credited with 12 assists for a total of 32 career points. As a senior, he scored William and Mary’s lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Connecticut which helped propel The Tribe to the ECAC title and the school’s second appearance in the NCAA tournament. An award titled the “Leibo” is now given out annually in honor of Stewart; it is given to the member of the men’s soccer team who experiences the most personal growth and provides the most laughs for his teammates. For his contribution to soccer he was made an honorary All American by NSCAA in 2005.
Soccer America has an interview with Jon Stewart where he describes meeting up with ex-USMNT coach Bruce Arena’s UVA squad and getting the crap kicked out of them.
Do you have any memories of Bruce Arena?
JS: The only memories I have of Bruce Arena is UVA kicking our ass every year in the NCAA tournament or during the season. I think it’s fair to say William & Mary and UVA were two of the top programs and every year we’d get to UVA and somehow they were the fly in the ointment of our season.
Jon Stewart recently returned to Williamsburg to reunite with coach Al Albert at CWM and his Tribe buddies Mike Flood and John Rasnic. He considered briefly pursuing a career in soccer but even in those days coach Albert recognized that his wit was a special talent and would likely influence his career trajectory.