Jon Stewart once sent soccer team to the NCAA tournament

Jon Stewart is one of the biggest television talk show hosts alive today. Since 1993, he has hosted talk shows. He got his start with MTV on The Jon Stewart Show which translated into The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Sadly Stewart’s time with the show will be ending after today’s episode.

What most people might not know is that ten years before his television career began, he was quite the athlete. According to, Stewart claimed in the foreword to legendary William & Mary soccer coach Al Albert’s 2010 book that his career with the Indians began with the JV team when he was just a freshman.

Stewart, who was born John Stuart Leibowitz, walked on with the Indians in what he described as “not so much a program as a sign-up sheet in a Greek kid’s dorm room.” Stewart eventually worked his way up to the varsity squad and the highlight of his soccer career was one moment during his senior year.

Stewart sent his team to the 1983 NCAA Tournament when he scored the lone goal in an upset win over UConn in the ECAC championship game. The Hartford Courant in Connecticut found an old game report that mentioned Stewart by his birth name after he announced his decision to leave the show earlier this year.

“Once John Leibowitz had put them ahead after the Huskies failed to clear an innocuous leftside raid in the second minute, the Indians (8-3-2) were content to defend and play the ball to goalkeeper Charlie Smith at every opportunity,” the story read.

The Indians went to lose in the Tournament that season to Virginia 2-1. If you think that Stewart’s goal against UConn was just pure dumb luck, you would be sadly mistaken. During his career he scored ten goals and recorded twelve assists.

Just another story in the history of Jon Stewart that will never cease to entertain fans. Tonight’s The Daily Show, which airs at 11 p.m. Eastern time, is the final episode hosted by Stewart before Trevor Noah takes over in late September.

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