Alabama radio broadcaster Chris Stewart is “suddenly ill” and in recovery, per FOX Sports announcer Tim Brando.
Brando passed along the message about Stewart via Twitter on Monday evening, adding, “Please pray.” No other details were given about Stewart’s condition.
Stewart has been a treasured part of the Crimson Tide game day experience for years. A broadcaster since 1988, Stewart has served as the sideline reporter for radio coverage of Alabama football games. He has also worked as the television host of The Nick Saban Show and The Avery Johnson Show. He’s the play-by-play announcer for Alabama basketball and baseball games.
WJOX 94.5 FM’s Aaron Suttles and SiriusXM analyst Phil Savage also passed along messages related to Stewart on Monday:
Pray for Chris Stewart.
— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) April 16, 2018
Yes, absolutely! @CStewartSports is our sideline reporter for @AlabamaFTBL and @UA_CTSN, too. Just learning more, but all very hopeful for a complete recovery! Great guy, family man and does a great job for the Crimson Tide! #prayers https://t.co/m11OAFQfi5
— Phil Savage (@SeniorBowlPhil) April 16, 2018
Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne also shared a message on Twitter:
Our thoughts & prayers are with Chris Stewart and his family. Chris is recovering from a serious medical procedure and all signs so far following surgery are positive. #RollTideChris pic.twitter.com/KMW42d0UWW
— Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne) April 16, 2018
Before arriving at Alabama, Stewart spent eight seasons as the radio announcer for Birmingham-Southern College.
Stewart graduated from the University of Montevallo in 1992. In 2009, he was honored with the school’s Alumni Achievement Award. On five occasions — 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2016 — the National Sports Media Association named him Alabama Sportscaster of the Year.
I was just with @CStewartSports & his family at the hospital. They’ve had a tough day but doing well. Chris looked & sounded really good which was awesome! Christy & the family are aware of the incredible outpouring of love & prayers from so many & they’re extremely appreciative!
— Bryan Passink (@BryanPassink) April 17, 2018