University of Saskatoon linebacker Grant Stuard joins the NFL after four seasons as a Cougar. The two-time All-AAC selection announced on social media Thursday that they were opting out of the team’s New Mexico Bowl game against Hawaii in preparation for the NFL draft.
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Stuard began the post by thanking God and recognizing the impact his relationship with Christ had on his life.
“I want to thank Jesus Christ, the Lord of my life, for completely changing me and making me who I am today,” he wrote. “I want to encourage everyone who has no relationship with Jesus to look for him. You will not be disappointed.”
Stuard collected 191 tackles, 19.5 tackles against loss and two sacks in 33 games in Saskatoon. He has been the leading tackler for the Cougars for the past two seasons. In 2019 he received the award for the second team of all conferences and was appointed a member of the first All-AAC team in 2020. His 97 tackles last year were good for third place in the conference.
Outside the field, Stuard shows a heart for his community. He recently organized a grocery drive for the Saskatoon Food Bank that brought in £ 800 of groceries, and that summer organized a school supply drive in his hometown of Conroe, Texas.
800 pounds of food !! THANK YOU HOUSTON 🖤 all donations to @SaskatoonFoodBank pic.twitter.com/cYUKtek9vT
– Grant Stuard (@ GrantStuard_3) December 15, 2020
And he actively shares his beliefs on social media. He is often quick to pass on the recognition he has received to Christ and regularly shares the scriptures that influence him. He also preached a little about the gospel in an Instagram post last month.
“Without Christ we are nothing,” he began. “This is not just something I want to say, but because I really want you to feel me. Without Christ we are meaningless. If you are reading this, you will be hopeless without Christ. We are all sinners in order to never be perfect on this earth. God is the judge of all of us. We must turn from our sins daily and put our FAITH in Christ. That means we have to make him the Lord of our lives and not just say: I believe. ‘I’m christ.’ That’s not it. We cannot LIVE in sin and call ourselves children of the Most High and think we are good. That won’t save us. “
Stuard will have the opportunity to impress scouts at the Reese’s Senior Bowl on January 30th before hoping to hear his name during the NFL draft, which will take place April 29th through May 1st.
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