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Spinal cord injury ends Isaac Redman’s NFL career


In a statement posted to his verified Twitter account Friday, former Steelers running back Isaac Redman said he has been told to give up football because of a spinal cord injury.

Redman said he was examined by Dr. Robert Watkins, known in part for his work with Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. According to Redman, Watkins advised he had a “career ending injury” to the spinal cord.

Redman said he played with the neck injury last year but “wasn’t myself on the field.”

The 29-year-old Redman rushed for 1,148 yards in five seasons with Pittsburgh (2009-2013). He was released after three games last season.

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19 Responses to “Spinal cord injury ends Isaac Redman’s NFL career”
  1. phillytailgater says: Aug 22, 2014 11:25 AM

    Glad you can still “walk” away from the game, Isaac. Good luck in your future endeavors.

  2. bobby2478 says: Aug 22, 2014 11:27 AM

    That sucks for him. Although it’s a good thing they diagnosed the problem and he was able to retire on his own terms and be able to walk away from the game, rather than be paralyzed or worse.

    Wish him the best.

  3. dietrich43 says: Aug 22, 2014 11:28 AM

    He has been immortalized by Steelers fans, who are always looking ‘for the next Redman’ in training camp. It doesn’t have to be a great player, but a low round pick (preferably an undrafted free agent), who plays hard, makes the roster against the odds, and contributes when he is the next man up.

    Redman will never have his jersey retired, but he will always be remembered in the Nation.

  4. blacknole08 says: Aug 22, 2014 11:32 AM

    Wow… RBs are retiring earlier and earlier nowadays. It’s probably for the best in this situation, since life after football is what really matters.

    Good luck to Redman in the future.

  5. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 22, 2014 11:34 AM

    Is it just me or have there been a lot of neck and spine injuries lately?

  6. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 22, 2014 11:37 AM

    Who’s this?

  7. twpguy1964 says: Aug 22, 2014 11:55 AM

    Isaac, you’re a lucky man that you can walk! Playing with that last year, damn lucky my man. Good luck to you, lots of heart on the field.

  8. twpguy1964 says: Aug 22, 2014 11:57 AM


    There’s more neck,spinal injuries anymore because players stupidly use there heads as a weapon on the field. I still think they should remove the face mask and you might see a different result.

  9. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Aug 22, 2014 12:20 PM

    Sorry to hear that. Injuries suck, but I’m glad it was no worse than it is. Best of luck in whatever you choose to do next, Isaac.

  10. erik40133 says: Aug 22, 2014 12:35 PM

    I’m going with nobody picked him up and he’s trying to save face. Hope you planned for the future.

  11. starfan79 says: Aug 22, 2014 12:37 PM

    twpguy1964 says:
    Aug 22, 2014 11:57 AM

    There’s more neck,spinal injuries anymore because players stupidly use there heads as a weapon on the field. I still think they should remove the face mask and you might see a different result.


    I say go back to using the helmets that would allow you to feel the pain of using your head (90’s helmets) . The problem is these new helmets are so good you dont hurt your head, you dont feel the impact as much.. Its all internal stuff so using your head doesnt hurt like it used too.. I remember you get slapped in the earhole or the mask would bent on your nose and give you a good scraping.. We had to tackle with those helmets… not use them as weapons.

  12. tavisteelersfan says: Aug 22, 2014 12:54 PM

    That stinks. After watching the running game on display last night (and the previous two games), I thought we might have to go get him. We need someone who gives a crap back there.
    Good luck to him.

  13. magicmtndan says: Aug 22, 2014 12:57 PM

    Isaac “Red Zone” Redman played his way onto the Steelers and was always respected for running hard and giving his all.

    He’s a lunch pail kind of guy and always fit in well with the blue collar approach of the Steelers.

    I wish he had a longer and better career but I’m glad he got medical advice that could keep him healthy.

    Good luck in all you do Isaac. You will always have a spot reserved next to Steelers fans.

  14. johnnybgood19 says: Aug 22, 2014 1:37 PM

    Bowie State is proud of this man… he had a good career… good luck with the future…

  15. fordmandalay says: Aug 22, 2014 1:46 PM

    Dammit. Good luck Isaac.

  16. buccaneerbeezy says: Aug 22, 2014 2:03 PM

    Can Dri Archers fantasy stock go anymore up ?

  17. ampatsisahypocrite says: Aug 22, 2014 4:07 PM

    Loved this guy’s power running.

    Sorry it had to end this way.

  18. 1mommicked1 says: Aug 22, 2014 7:23 PM

    one true bright spot over the last 2 bleak years for the steelers. seemed like he did his best to help the team! Is it known which game/play the injury happened.

  19. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view. says: Aug 22, 2014 10:55 PM

    Bless his soul. Steeler Nation stand up.

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