A two-time All-American and first-team All-Big 12 defensive end at Texas, Redding played in 52 career games for the Longhorns, starting 38. Tabbed a Lombardi and Hendricks Award finalist and a first-team All-American as a senior, Redding capped that year by claiming Defensive MVP honors in Texas’ 35-20 Cotton Bowl victory over LSU. The 1999 Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year finished his career ranked second on UT’s career TFL’s list (57) and 10th on the Longhorns all-time sacks chart (22). Prior to coming to Texas, Redding was named the 1998 USA Today National Prep Defensive Player of the Year and a Parade All-American as a senior at Galena Park’s North Shore High School.
The Detroit Lions selected Redding in the third-round (66th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft. He quickly made an impact in the NFL, starting every game in the final five years of his six seasons with the Lions. Redding spent the 2009 season with the Seattle Seahawks before playing two years for the Ravens where he started 22 out of 30 games. Now in his third season with the Indianapolis Colts, and 12th overall in the NFL, Redding has started over 130 career NFL games, posting more than 492 tackles (331 solo), 32 sacks, two safeties, one interception, 11 fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles and 18 passes defensed. In his 11 year career in the NFL, Redding has only missed 8 games.
In the off-season, Redding is actively pursuing the completion of his degree in Youth & Community Studies within the College of Education. His wife, Priscilla, is a University of Texas graduate, earning her bachelor of science from the College of Education in the field of Applied Learning and Development in 2003.
The couple currently lives in Indianapolis, Ind., with their three children – Kaylie, Cory Jr. and Christian. Upon Cory’s retirement from the NFL, the Redding family plans to relocate to Austin.
OFF THE FIELD
– Recepient of the Ed Block Courage Award. The annual award is voted on by teammates adn presented to one player from each NFL team. Recipients are honored for displaying commitment to teh principles of courage and sportsmanship, while serving as inspirations in their locker rooms and communities.
– Opened Redd’s Barbershop, (formerly Redd’s Haircutz) in Austin. Austin’s premier upscale barbershop, located on West Sixth Street near Mopac, offers manicures, color and waxing, in addition to, shaves, edges and haircuts for men, women and children. For more information, visit: www.reddsbarbershop.com.
– Announced as Colts “Man of the Year” winner for his commitment to community service and his leadership. As the local winner of this award, Redding is eligible to be considered for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year, the highest distinction an NFL player can receive for his efforts both on and off the field. The award is named in honor of the late Chicago Bear’s running back Walter Payton.
– Named a defensive captain for the 2012 Colts team. “Cory brings a great spirit to our team every day,” said interim head coach Bruce Arians. “He is a caring teammate, compassionate towards all, on and off field. His work in the community is outstanding, along with his commitment to his alma mater. Cory is true leader in all aspects.”
– Nominated by teammates for the Byron “Whizzer” White award. This award was established by the professional football players of America to acknowledge a debt of gratitude to one of their own, Supreme Court Justice Byron Raymond “Whizzer” White – scholar, athlete, patriot, humanitarian and public servant. The NFLPA presents this prestigious annual award to the player that is just as dedicated off the field as he is on the field.
– Named 2012 Neighborhood Longhorn Honorary Chair. The award celebrates individuals who have made significant contributions to the community. Other honorees include: Harvey Penick, Edith & Darrell Royal, Doug English, and Roosevelt Leaks.
– Redding and his wife, Priscilla, donated $100,000 to start the Cory and Priscilla Redding Family Scholarship at the University of Texas which will support the College of Education in perpetuity. The first two recipients were chosen in the fall of 2013. Priscilla is a University of Texas graduate, earning her bachelor of science from the College of Education in the field of Applied Learning and Development in 2003. Redding is actively pursuing the completion of his degree in Youth & Community Studies within the College of Education in the off-season.
– Redding started the Cory Redding Foundation to support educational, recreational and community assistance programs that promote the development of at-risk populations. The foundation’s current programs include the annual 3D Football Camp, the Cory Redding Conduct Pledge Program, a partnership with Meals and Wheels in Austin, TX, which provides meals for more than 5,000 individuals each year, an annual holiday shopping event for families in need, and more.
ON THE FIELD
- In 2013, started all 15 games he participated in and recorded 39 tackles (27 solo, 4.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and two passes defensed. His sack total tied for the second-highest total in a single season in his career.
- In 2012, started 14 games for the Indianapolis Colts recording 36 tackles (22 solo), two sacks, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery.
- In 11 seasons in the NFL, Redding has tallied 492 tackles (331 solo), 32 sacks, two safeties, one interception, 11 fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles and 18 passes defensed in 160 career games (130 starts).
- Has only missed 8 games in his 11 NFL seasons.
- Secured a fumble recovery, which he returned 13 yards for a touchdown in Baltimore’s Divisional Playoff game at Pittsburgh on January 15, 2011.
- 2010 USA Today All-Joe Team.
- Compiled a string of 66 consecutive starts from 2004-2008 with Detroit as well as being named a team captain for the Lions in 2006 and 2007.
- 2008 Detroit Lions Sports Fans Choice “Hometown Hero Award” winner.
- Colts (2012 – Present), Ravens (2010 – 2011), Seahawks (2009), Lions (2003 – 2008).
- 2013 Ed Block Courage Award Recipient
- 2012 Colts Man of the Year
- 2012 Colts Defensive Captain
- 2012 Byron “Whizzer” White Award Nominee
- 2012 Game Team Captain for Indianapolis Colts (Jaguars and Dolphins as of 11/14/12)
- 2010 USA Today All-Joe Team
- 2010 & 2011 Team Captain for various Baltimore Ravens games
- 2006, 2007 & 2008 Team Captain for Detroit Lions
- 2007 Detroit Lions Spirit Award Winner (7-9 Season Record)
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
- Competed in every game (52) for the Longhorns, including a string of 35 consecutive starts and finished his collegiate career with 211 tackles (128 solo), 22 sacks, 57 tackles for loss, 77 QB pressures, one interception, six passes defensed, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
- A two-time first-team All-Big 12 Conference selection as a junior and senior (2001-2002) at Texas.
- Was one of four finalists for the Lombardi Award and inaugural Hendricks Award as a senior (2002).
- Was on the Nagurski Award watch list as a senior (2002).
- Redding capped his senior year by claiming Defensive MVP honors in Texas’ 35-20 Cotton Bowl victory over LSU (January 2003).
- Named an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection as a sophomore (2000).
- The 1999 Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year.
NORTH SHORE HIGH SCHOOL
- Named the 1998 USA Today National Prep Defensive Player of the Year and a Parade All-American as a senior.
- In his final prep season, recorded 215 tackles (103 solo), 15.0 sacks, 22 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and four interceptions.
- Was named the nation’s top linebacker by Parade and earned Associated Press first-team All-State and Texas Sports Writers Association honors.
- Named the Texas Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year.
- Won the state Class 5A title in discus as a junior and senior.