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Cory Bartholomew Redding (born November 15, 1980 in ) is an American football defensive tackle/defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas.

Early years

He was born in Houston, Texasmarker, the son of Carl Benjamin Redding and Mary Zerlene Brantley.

Redding played football at North Shore High School. In his senior year in 1999, he was named USA Today's Defensive Player of the Year and was a consensus All-American choice. He also excelled in track and field, winning the state Class 5A title in the discus as a junior and senior (career best toss of 193'9").

College career

Redding played college football for the Texas Longhorns at the University of Texasmarker. During his four years there, he was a two-time All-Big 12 Conference selection and played in every game, including a string of 35 consecutive starts on the defensive line.

He finished his collegiate career with 201 tackles (123 solos), 21 sacks (174 yards) and 53 stops (third on the school's career-record list) for losses of 249 yards.

Professional career

Detroit Lions

In the 2003 NFL Draft Redding was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 3rd round (66th overall).

He became the starter at left defensive end prior to the 2004 season. In 2005, he played in all 16 games and set a career high with 42 tackles (29 solo). He emerged in 2006 as one of the best inside pass-rushers in the NFL after moving from defensive end to tackle.

On February 22, 2007, the Lions placed the franchise tag on Redding and he was designated as the team's non-exclusive franchise player. On July 16, the Lions and Redding agreed to a seven-year, $49 million contract. The deal included over $16 million in guaranteed money. The move came amid a bit of controversy, as it made Redding the highest paid defensive tackle in the league.

Redding was placed on season-ending injured reserve with injuries to his knee and groin on December 12, 2008.

Seattle Seahawks

On March 14, 2009, Detroit traded him and a 2009 fifth-round draft pick to the Seattle Seahawks for linebacker Julian Peterson. He is expected to play defensive end on 1st and 2nd downs and play defensive tackle on 3rd downs for extra pass rush.

References

  1. http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/football/archives/164170.asp?from=blog_last3


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