Former Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Cory Redding recently announced his retirement on Wednesday:
The 35 year old spent last season with the Arizona Cardinals, where he appeared in 12 games–recording 5 tackles and an interception. Redding reunited with former Colts interim head coach and offensive coordinator, now Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians in the desert.
However, he was released after the season in April.
Of course, prior to joining Arizona, Redding spent 3 seasons with the Colts (2012-14). During that 3-year span, Redding made 45 starts, recording 71 tackles and 10 sacks.
The 13-year veteran was a team leader and one of the Colts most dependable defensive lineman during his tenure in Indianapolis.
In fact, he was one of the first major free agents that the new regime signed and was a building block for Chuck Pagano‘s new 3-4 defense–having been brought over from the Baltimore Ravens:
"“You can’t put a price tag on what he’s meant to this team, this organization, the success that we’ve had over the last three years,” said Pagano on Redding following what turned out to be his final season in Indianapolis (via Colts.com)."
It’s worth noting that the Colts made the playoffs in all 3 of Redding’s seasons in Indianapolis including an AFC Championship game appearance in his final season.
There’s no question that Redding was a stand-up individual and veteran leader for the Colts during his time in Indianapolis, while also delivering exceptional play on the field.
As such, we wish him the best of luck in retirement and in all of his future endeavors.