The former Longhorn was a two-time All-American and first-team All-Big 12 selection as a three-year college starter. He had 211 tackles, 22 sacks, 57 tackles for loss and 77 quarterback pressures in 52 games for the Longhorns. His 57 tackles for loss rank fourth on the school’s all-time list. And Redding finished his career in style as Cotton Bowl Defensive MVP in the Horns’ 35-20 win over LSU in 2002.
Now in his 12th year in the NFL, Redding has played in 165 games with 136 starts. He has 387 career tackles including 34 sacks. He’s missed just eight games in his pro career. Redding is considered the Colts’ vocal leader on defense.
Redding is active in various charitable endeavors with his Cory Redding Foundation. He was voted Indianapolis Colts “Man of the Year” in 2012 and was selected by his teammates as 2013 recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award.
Two years ago, 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 basic values in life: Desire, discipline and dedication. The gift is the university’s first from an ex-UT athlete while he’s still playing in the NFL.
Redding will be joined in the 58th class by former Doak Walker Award winner Cedric Benson, two-time All-American and 2000 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Casey Hampton and 2002 College World Series MVP pitcher Huston Street.
Founded in 1957, the Longhorn Hall of Honor is one of the most cherished athletics traditions at The University of Texas. Its governing body — the Longhorn Hall of Honor Council — is comprised exclusively of men who have lettered at UT. Each year, a selection committee nominates 16 candidates whose names are distributed to the Hall of Honor Council. To be eligible for nomination, a letterman must have completed his eligibility 10 years prior to the year of election. The four honorees receiving a majority of votes are inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor.
The Cory Redding Foundation strives to support quality educational, recreational and community assistance programs that promote the development of at-risk populations. To learn more, visit www.coryreddingfoundation.org, www.facebook.com/coryredding or @credd90 on Twitter.
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