Born in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, Ryan Stewart has become one the most exciting sports media personalities of his generation. His career began at an early age when he was introduced to sports in elementary school. As he matured, his talent was duly noted and he was seen as a high school football powerhouse—excelling at several positions. Because of this, he was recruited by some of the top universities in the country. Ryan became a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket in 1991 thus solidifying his commitment to play Division I college football in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Most recently, Ryan was honored and humbled when he was nominated and inducted into the Berkeley High School Hall of Fame because of his athleticism, service, and accomplishments.
With Atlanta as the backdrop for his college career, Ryan enjoyed playing for the Yellow Jackets immensely. Although Ryan encountered many road blocks during this time such as the coaching carousel, injuries, position changes, and academic challenges, he persevered and was able to gain the skills necessary to be successful both on and off the field. Earning a college degree was Stewart’s first priority. And it was because of this that he waited until the end of his stint as a Georgia Tech defensive back to even consider a career in the NFL.
Ryan was drafted by the Detroit Lions as a Strong Safety and special teams stand-out in 1996. He stayed with the Lions franchise from 1996 – 2000. During the off seasons, Ryan worked diligently to complete the requirements for a degree in Business Management at Georgia Tech. At the same time, he built relationships and made connections that would be very important to his future plans. After five years in the NFL, punctuated by inevitable releases and signings, Ryan found himself wondering what the next stop on his journey would be. He did internships with agents and media outlets and started to expand his media presence by doing color commentary for Georgia Tech. With a business degree in hand, a realistic outlook on the limitations of a football career, and all of his college experience, Ryan was ready to answer his next challenge.
Ryan and his older brother Doug presented a local Atlanta sports talk radio station with an idea to have a new breed of sports talk radio and so the “2 Live Stews” were born. What started as an experiment blossomed into the number one sports talk radio show in the country in just under four years. With this new found popularity, the show gained syndication and was heard in over 30 cities and on Sirius and XM satellite radio. At the same time, Sports Illustrated deemed the show the first All Black sports radio show in the history of sports radio. In 2006, the show caught the attention of ESPN executives who added Ryan and Doug as regular panelists on the network’s successful First Take program. In addition to First Take, Ryan has been the co-host of a number of shows such as Black Men Revealed on TV-One and 2LiveStews in the Doghouse on ESPN. Locally, he continues to be a mainstay on Comcast Sports South (CSS) where he has hosted the show Sportsnite and currently hosts the show SEC Football Tonight.
Ryan is also the Founder and CEO of his own marketing and media firm, Black Hollywood Entertainment Inc. (BHE). BHE manages all his marketing and media services, giving him an entrepreneurial edge in the business world. Ryan’s most recent career pursuit includes landing major roles in two stage plays, “Stripped” and “Torn”. He has also made numerous appearances on CNN and Fox Sports.
Ryan is very active in the community and gives back through various memberships and affiliations. He is an active member of Omega Psi Phi Incorporated; a proud member of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta Inc. and is the co-founder and President of The Stewart Education Foundation (TSEF) which provides academic and social support to African American males in grades K through 12. Ryan frequently visits schools in the Atlanta area through his “Reading with Ryan” program and/or as a motivational speaker. An athlete, a radio and TV sports personality, an actor, a husband, and a father, Ryan continues to blaze the unbeaten path by putting “sports talk with hot sauce” on the map. Ryan feels extremely blessed to be in a position to give people a new voice in the media and sports world.
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