Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: Lynn Stewart

Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: Lynn Stewart

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Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: Lynn Stewart

Former Illini football player Lynn "L.D." Stewart celebrates his 66th birthday today. The offensive guard from Woodstock started alongside center Dick Butkus and tackle Archie Sutton for the 1963 Big Ten champions, opening holes for All-America running back Jim Grabowski. That '63 Illinois squad, a Top 10 club most of the year, defeated UCLA, Michigan and No. 4 Michigan State during the regular season, then topped the Washington Huskies 17-7 in the Rose Bowl. Stewart also lettered for coach Pete Elliott's Illini in 1962 and '64. After his football days ended, Stewart became a hugely successful businessman. He and five other men opened the first Hooters in Clearwater, Fla., in 1983. Virtually all of the restaurant's recipes came from Stewart's test kitchen. The chain grew to nearly 400 restaurants in 12 countries and 44 states. He owned 51 percent of the business when he sold his shares in 1995.

Illini birthdays this week

Sunday: Anne Koester, volleyball (28)

Monday: Tonya Williams, track & field (35)

Tuesday: Phil Krueger, football coach (80)

Wednesday: Mike LeVanti, wrestling (30)

Thursday: Tony Eason, football (50)

Friday: Andy Kpedi, basketball (41)

Saturday: Nancy Brookhart, volleyball (41)

By Mike Pearson, author of Illini Legends, Lists & Lore and assistant athletic director at Miami (Ohio)

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