Former Seahawks DT Cory Redding Announces Retirement

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Cory Redding played for the Seahawks in 2009.

Cory Redding played for the Seahawks in 2009.

CoryRedding250_0711Former Seahawks defensive tackle Cory Redding, who had played in the NFL since 2003, announced his retirement on June 29, 2016.

Redding, 35, was a third-round pick out of Texas by the Detroit Lions in 2003. In 188 games with the Detroit Lions (2003-2008), Seattle Seahawks (2009), Baltimore Ravens (2010-2011), Indianapolis Colts (2012-2014) and Arizona Cardinals (2015), he racked up 35.5 career sacks and more than 400 tackles. He also scored two defensive touchdowns.

“The biggest part is not mentally,” Redding said on the day of his announcement. “I can mentally continue to play the game, but it’s always tough physically. The body can only go on so long no matter how well I take care of it. With all the battles in the trenches and all the ups and downs, at some point I had to open my eyes and say enough is enough.”

Still, the decision wasn’t easy.

“I loved the game that I played for 23 years of my life,” he said. “I respect the heck out of it enough to know when it’s time to walk away.”

Redding will return to Texas this fall and finish the 18 hours he needs to earn a bachelor’s degree in youth and community studies. He will continue to support the four-year-old Cory and (wife) Priscilla Redding Family Scholarship, which was borne of a $100,000 donation the couple made to the school’s College of Education, and he plans to greet customers at his Redd’s Barber Shop in Austin.

“There is so much in store for me,” he said. “With God’s grace and his protection with my loving family around me, this is the tip of the iceberg.”