After a 13-year career in the NFL, former Texas Longhorn Cory Redding hung up his cleats to pursue his interests in education, business, and philanthropy. With only 18 hours remaining to earn a degree in Learning and Applied Development, Redding re-enrolled at UT in the fall of 2016 and received his degree from the College of Education. He spends time greeting guests at Redd’s Barbershop, which the entrepreneur opened in 2013, and mentoring the scholarship recipients of the Cory and Priscilla Redding Family Scholarship, which the couple personally funded in 2012. Redding is currently an analyst on The Longhorn Network along with Ricky Williams and Emmanuel Acho and Lowell Galindo.
Very active in charitable activities through The Cory Redding Foundation, Redding was voted the Indianapolis Colts’ “Man of the Year” in 2012 and was selected by his teammates as the recipient of the 2013 Ed Block Courage Award. In 2012, Redding and his wife, Priscilla, donated $100,000 to establish the Cory and Priscilla Redding Family Scholarship in the College of Education at The University of Texas. Applicants must exhibit Redding’s fundamental values in life: desire, discipline, and dedication. The gift was the university’s first from an ex-UT athlete still playing in the National Football League. Redding does many speaking engagements all over the country and is a board member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes as well as Neighborhood Longhorns.
OFF THE FIELD
– Longhorn Legend Cory Redding Sr. graduates from UT! To watch this special moment, visit: https://youtu.be/dHPCqkL-Ajg
– Cory Redding’s pledge program for students in Arizona. For more information, visit: https://m.azcardinals.com/videos/videos/Zoom—Reddings-Pledge/f36e806f-36f3-41d1-9050-2ca68cf86fcc
– Cory Redding returned to The University of Texas at Austin where he was inducted into the Longhorns’ Hall of Honor. To watch his acceptance speech, visit: https://youtu.be/RtPIa4DBxIs
ARSENAL TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL PLEDGE PROGRAM
– For the 4th year in a row, Cory sponsored a season-long conduct pledge program at a local school in Indianapolis to encourage at-risk youth to strive to become responsible citizens.
– Recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. The annual award is voted on by teammates and 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.
INDIANAPOLIS LIGHTHOUSE CHARTER SCHOOL PLEDGE PROGRAM
– In 2013, Cory was happy to host over 150 students and faculty from the Lighthouse Academy. Congratulations to all those that completed the program!
– 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 2016, Retired after 13 years in the National Football League.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 2015, 12 games played (1 INT for TD, 2 PDef, 2 FR).
In 2014, Started all 16 games and had a combined 44 tackles (27 tackles, 17 assists, 3.5 sacks and 1 PDef).
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.