Former Duck Jonathan Stewart donates $250k to new football facility

EUGENE, Ore. - Former University of Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart will donate $250,000 to the Casanova Center expansion project, the university athletic department announced Tuesday.

Stewart's donation is specifically earmarked for a "Running Backs' Squad Room," one of nine meeting rooms for different positions in the new 135,000 square-foot football facility.

"I feel truly blessed to be in a position to give back to the University of Oregon," Stewart said in a UO news release. "I am blessed to be a part of such an outstanding legacy at the U of O, where I was able to succeed on the field as a player and grow off the field as a man.

"It gives me great pleasure to give back to a place that gave me so much."

Stewart currently plays for the NFL's Carolina Panthers. He left the University of Oregon after the 2007 season, when he broke the Oregon single-season rushing record. That record has since been broken by LaMichael James.

The new Casanova Center expansion, which is privately funded through donations, is scheduled to be completed during the summer of 2013.