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Stewart's NFL career cresting with Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Falcon Matt Stewart (AP/Mary Ann Chastain)

Vanderbilt football has produced a number of NFL linebackers recently, but none has enjoyed success like Matt Stewart. A third-round pick by the Atlanta Falcons in 2001, Stewart is preparing for his fourth season with the Falcons and his third as a starter. He took time out recently to chat with VandyMania about his reunion with another ex-Commodore linebacker who joins the Falcons this fall, Jamie Duncan; and about playing on a team with superstar QB Michael Vick. (Part 1 of 2)

****** VandyMania: Matt, you are now entering your fourth season with the Falcons, and the Falcons are redoing their defense for this season under new head coach Jim Mora. What is that going to mean for you? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Matt Stewart: It's actually neither, really. Last year we were playing a 3-4, with four linebackers, which was actually what we ran at Vanderbilt the...

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