It really is a dream come true, said Stewart Sunday. Being a kid, my family always told me I would play in the NFL, so its just a dream come true.
Stewart said his reaction to the call from Dallas was instant excitement.
Just having my family around me all day (Saturday) and waiting to hear the news and then getting a call from the Cowboys saying that if I went undrafted they would pick me up put a huge smile on my face, he said. Its just an amazing feeling, he said.
Stewart, who was recently in Dallas for combine training, led Cumberland in receiving yards this past season by catching 21 passes for 396 yards -- an average of 18.6 yards per reception.
Oddly enough, Stewart came to Cumberland as a wrestler and was for a while ranked as the No. 1 heavyweight in the NAIA.
He joined the Bulldog football team in 2010, playing two years at defensive end before moving to tightend for the 2012 season.
Prior to his time at CU, Stewart attended Pepperell High in Rome from 2004-2008 and not only excelled in football, but wrestling as well, notching two state titles.
I feel like I accomplished a goal and it feels great, Stewart said, but I just feel like Im not done yet. I have a long career ahead, and I feel like I have the ability to play in the league for a long time and be an NFL superstar.
The Cowboys consider themselves a two tightend team and feature former University of Tennessee standout Jason Witten as their go-to man at that spot.
However, Dallas drafted San Diego State TE Gavin Escobar with the No. 47 overall pick.