12. Kordell “Slash” Stewart
Kordell Stewart was a phenomenon in the 1990s, and if he had been around in today’s game, he would absolutely thrive.
Stewart was drafted in the second round of the 1995 NFL Draft out of Colorado. While he played quarterback in college, Bill Cowher initially utilized him as a receiver and a running back. For two years, Stewart played multiple roles all over the Steelers offense and special teams- hence the name “Slash.” He was the running back slash receiver slash h-back etc.
It wasn’t until 1997 that Stewart got the opportunity to be the Steelers full-time starter. He led Pittsburgh to an 11-5 record while throwing for over 3,000 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushing for an additional 11 touchdowns.
In 2001, Stewart made the Pro Bowl after a total of 19 touchdowns and helping Pittsburgh get to the AFC Championship Game. Unfortunately for Stewart, he had a bad game against New England. In the AFC Championship Game at Heinz Field, Stewart had multiple turnovers in the waning minutes of the game that helped send the Patriots to the Super Bowl.
No matter how it ended, Stewart opened the door for future players like Michael Vick, Lamar Jackson, and Taysom Hill.