TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — A longtime broadcaster for Alabama sports has had setbacks in his road to recovery that have required him to go back into the hospital, his wife announced Wednesday.
Christ Stewart, who has spent nearly 20 years doing broadcasting and play-by-play commentary for basketball, baseball and football at the University of Alabama, had bypass heart surgery last month, but has been plagued by setbacks. Stewart has had health problems in the past, including a stroke last year, which have affected his duties in the booth and caused him to be largely absent from radio coverage of Crimson Tide football, as well as hosting the televised version of “The Nick Saban Show” and “The Nate Oats.”
“His recovery was heading in the right direction but unfortunately there have been some setbacks,” Stewart’s wife, Christy, said in a press release sent out by the Crimson Tide Sports Network. “The good news is that Chris’ heart is strong but he has been battling a serious infection as well as some additional side effects that have him back in the hospital.”
In the statement, Christy said that while she was confident in the medical staff assisting Stewart, she is asking for prayers.
“Our family believes strongly in the power of prayer, so we ask that you please pray for Chris so that he continues to progress and heal in order to help him make a full and speedy recovery,” Christy said. “God bless you all and thank you for your support!”
Below is the full statement on Chris Stewart from the Crimson Tide Sports Network.