Published On: Thu, Nov 20th, 2014

Jon Stewart Used to Play World Class Soccer, Competed in Maccabiah Games

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Rosewater star Gael García Bernal told MTV News’ Josh Horowitz about Jon Stewart: “He’s a great fútbol player.”

Bernal said that Stewart is a gifted soccer player, showing off his skills on the “Rosewater” set during breaks.

“We didn’t have as much time to play as we wanted, ” said Bernal.

Stewart graduated in 1984 from The College of William & Mary in Virginia, where he played on the soccer team. His team to this day has an award named after on him, the Leibo (after his original last name, Leibowitz), given to the player who “best affects team’s attitude and morale.”

Stewart even represented the U.S. at the Pan American Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a lead-up event to the World Maccabiah Games (the Jewish Olympics), and his team reached the finals.

Stewart’s promising soccer career was cut short following a knee injury.

Rosewater was shot in Jordan during the month of Ramadan, and so, “In the night, after you break fast, and everyone on the team, we would eat a little bit, and then go for a kick-around. We were shooting close to a very nice fútbol field. As soon as Jon started playing, everyone was like, ‘Wow!’”

“It has to do with his quick-wittedness and amazing intelligence, and how great his common sense works, ” Bernal said. “He’s good at putting people together and putting people to work on the same journey.”

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