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Pele on Jon Stewart's 'The Daily Show'
by Mike Woitalla, April 7th, 2014 12:25AM

TAGS:  off the post, video


[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Jon Stewart, host of "The Daily Show," played college soccer at William & Mary in 1981-83 after playing youth and high school ball in Central New Jersey. His affinity for the game was on display last week when he had on his show the great Pele.

Pele, who is promoting his new book "Why Soccer Matters," shared a anecdote about how when he saw his father cry for the first time -- after Brazil lost to Uruguay in the 1950 World Cup -- he promised him he'd win a World Cup for Brazil.

He also surprised Stewart -- known as Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz when he played for William & Mary -- with the gift of an autographed jersey.

The interview is preluded nicely with a brief Pele highlight reel.

  1. feliks fuksman
    commented on: April 7, 2014 at 7:30 a.m.
    I had tears in my eyes.... still do.
  1. Wayne Root
    commented on: April 7, 2014 at 9:41 a.m.
    It was great. You could see how overwhelmed Stewart was.
  1. Zoe Willet
    commented on: April 7, 2014 at 11:31 p.m.
    Me too, feliks.
  1. Clayton Berling
    commented on: April 9, 2014 at 12:13 a.m.
    In the earlier life of Soccer America, as founder and chairman, it was my pleasure and privilege to have had several personal interactions with Pele. Yet my most endearing memory was , about a dozen years ago, when Pele was a guest at the NSCAA annual All-America Honor Awards banquet and personally shook hands with each and every honoree, numbering in the hundreds. What a memory for those young men and women! Now that's a sign of greatness.
  1. Kent James
    commented on: April 9, 2014 at 9:20 a.m.
    There aren't many people that can incite awe in Jon Stewart, and it was clear that Pele is one of them. Pele also seems ageless...

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