A star running back at Bowie State where he finished as the school's all-time leading rusher, Redman knows his ticket to the NFL won't necessarily come by doing what he's accustomed to doing.
"I don't care what I have to do to make it in this league, I'm going to do it," said the 5-10, 230-pound Redman, who signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent following the NFL draft.
"Playing in the NFL has always been my dream and I'm going to do whatever I have to do to make it."
That would include a healthy dose of special teams play. As is the case with most college running backs, Redman hasn't had to tackle anyone in years.
But Redman has something in his background a lot of star running backs don't - a high school state wrestling championship.
"Wrestling was really big at my high school, so I wrestled," said Redman, who won the 215-pound championship in New Jersey at Paulsboro High School in 2003. "I think that will really help me covering kickoffs and punts. I kind of know how to set people up and use my hands."
He also knows how to use his legs. Redman rushed for 3,330 yards in four seasons at Bowie State, including 1,512 in 2005. He also holds the school record for rushing yards in a game (218 against Livingstone in 2007), rushing attempts (37 versus Tuskegee) and longest rush from scrimmage (99 yards, Morgan State).
The longest rush from scrimmage may be the one he's most proud of.
"That's never going to be beaten," Redman said. "I broke free on that one and that was it, nobody could catch me. Nobody is ever going to go more than 99 yards."
Injuries and academic problems limited his playing time over his final three seasons. But Redman still did enough to catch the eye of Pittsburgh's scouts.
Though he has fullback size, the Steelers worked Redman strictly as a halfback during their offseason workouts.
"They haven't asked me to play any fullback, but I'm sure I could do it if I had to," Redman said. "Like I said, I'm going to do whatever I can to make this team."
Dale Lolley appears courtesy of the Observer-Reporter.