Chris Redman

Chris James Redman (born July 7, 1977) is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft and was part of their Super Bowl XXXV championship team against the New York Giants. He played college football at the University of Louisville. He also had brief stints with the New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans, Austin Wranglers of the Arena Football League, and a 5-year stint with the Atlanta Falcons.

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Personal information
Born:July 7, 1977 (age 41)
Louisville, Kentucky
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:223 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school:Louisville (KY) Male
NFL Draft:2000 / Round: 3 / Pick: 75
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts:479
Pass completions:273
Passing yards:3,047
QB Rating:79.4
Player stats at

Early years

Redman played high school football at Louisville Male High School, where his father, Bob Redman, was the veteran head coach. Chris helped lead the Bulldogs to the 1993 state championship in Class 4A (Kentucky's largest class at the time). He was a two-time all-state quarterback and Parade 's National Player of the Year in 1994 after setting national high school records for most touchdown passes in a season (57) and most touchdown passes in a half (8, twice), the latter of which still has not been broken according to


As a top blue chip recruit, Redman was sought-after by many top college football programs. In-state Louisville was Redman's first choice, giving a verbal commitment in 1994. That changed when coach Howard Schnellenberger left to take the head coaching job at Oklahoma, taking offensive coordinator Gary Nord along with him. Schnellenberger did not recruit Redman further out of respect to his former employer, although Redman himself would back out of his commitment.

Redman then turned his attention to the Illinois, giving them a commitment based on the recruiting efforts of Illini offensive coordinator Greg Landry.[1] Illini head coach Lou Tepper ignited a controversy when he unexpectedly fired Landry the day after Redman signed his letter of commitment.[2] Tepper denied any attempt to deceive Redman about Landry's future at Illinois and eventually released Redman from his commitment. The losses of Landry and Redman damaged Tepper's reputation among fans and media.[3][4] The NCAA decided to void the LOC based on the unusual circumstances, restoring Redman to full eligibility and without transfer restrictions.[5]

In the spring of 1995, Redman visited Tennessee and Auburn before deciding to follow Schnellenberg to Oklahoma, giving another verbal commitment.[6] That commitment lasted only a few months, as Redman backed out based on concerns about the depth chart and distance from home.[7] In the summer of 1995, Redman signed a letter of intent to play college football at Louisville, his original choice, under new head coach Ron Cooper.[8]

College career

Redman completed his college career as the NCAA Division I-A career leader in passing completions (1,031) and attempts (1,679). His 12,541 career passing yards ranked third behind Brigham Young's Ty Detmer (15,031 yards) and Louisiana Tech's Tim Rattay (12,746). Redman threw 84 touchdown passes and 51 interceptions and still holds virtually every single game, single season and career passing record at the University of Louisville.

Redman played in 10 games as a redshirt freshman in 1996, starting the final five, and earned Conference USA all-freshman honors after he threw for more than 1,700 yards. In his first legitimate college action, coming off the bench to replace injured starter Jason Payne, Redman amassed 325 yards and three touchdowns in Louisville's come-from-behind win at Michigan State.

As a sophomore in 1997, Redman started all 11 games and shattered single-season school passing marks in attempts (445), completions (261), yards (3,079) and total offense (2,958). Louisville struggled to a 1–10 record and head coach Ron Cooper was fired.

In 1998, under the guidance of new offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino and new head coach John L. Smith, Redman started 10 of 11 regular-season games as a junior and established Conference USA and Louisville season records for attempts (473), completions (309), yards (4,042) and touchdowns (29) despite missing a game because of a knee injury. His 404.2 yards-per-game average was the fifth highest in I-A history. On November 14, 1998, Redman torched East Carolina by completing 44 of 56 passes (with six touchdown passes) for 592 yards—the 10th-best single-game yardage total of all time. The Cardinals had a huge turnaround from the season before, going 7-4 in the regular season and participating in a bowl game for the first time since 1993.

As a senior in 1999, Redman started every game and completed 317 of 489 passes for 3,647 yards with 29 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He became the first quarterback in Division I-A history to complete more than 1,000 passes in a career, and he matched the I-A record for most seasons (three) with at least 3,000 passing yards. Redman received the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (named for the former University of Louisville and Baltimore Colts star), which is presented each year to the nation's top senior quarterback. Redman was the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year, guiding Louisville to seven come-from-behind wins and helping the Cardinals make their second consecutive bowl appearance.

Professional career

Baltimore Ravens

Redman's professional career began when he was selected in the third round (75th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. Redman threw just 19 yards that year as he backed up Tony Banks and Trent Dilfer. Redman earned a Super Bowl ring that year when the Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV. In 2001, despite Banks and Dilfer both leaving, Redman did not play at all that year as veterans Elvis Grbac and Randall Cunningham took the snaps.

On October 6, 2002, Redman had arguably his best outing as a pro, completing 19 of 30 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions in a victory at division-rival Cleveland on ESPN's Sunday Night Football.

Redman served as Baltimore's backup in 2003 after recovering from back surgery. In a November 9, 2003, nationally televised game at St. Louis, Redman replaced injured starter Kyle Boller during the game and was injured himself, suffering a torn labrum in his right (throwing) shoulder. The season-ending injury was not diagnosed until after the game.

New England Patriots

After recovering from shoulder surgery in 2004, Redman was signed to play with the New England Patriots on January 6, 2005, but he was waived on June 1. Incidentally, had he made the team, he would have backed up Tom Brady, a quarterback who was taken three rounds later in the same draft.[9]

Tennessee Titans

He was then signed by the Tennessee Titans on August 23, 2005, but was waived on September 4.

Austin Wranglers

On January 4, 2007, the Austin Wranglers of the Arena Football League announced that they had signed Redman to a contract.[10] However, shortly into his arena football career, Bobby Petrino, the Atlanta Falcons new head coach, sought after his former college quarterback to be a backup.

Atlanta Falcons

Redman was signed by the Falcons on March 23, 2007, after Atlanta traded backup quarterback Matt Schaub to the Houston Texans in exchange for two second-round picks and an agreement to switch first-round picks for the 2007 NFL Draft. Redman began fall practice as the third-string quarterback but moved to No. 2 on the depth chart before Atlanta's first preseason game. His backup role was solidified when D. J. Shockley suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Falcons' first preseason game.

On September 18, 2007, Redman was moved to No. 3 on the depth chart after the Falcons signed former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich. With Leftwich battling a leg injury throughout the season and Harrington playing inconsistently, Coach Bobby Petrino kept rotating both Leftwich and Harrington into the starters role.

In Week 12 on December 2, 2007, Redman replaced an ineffective Joey Harrington against the St. Louis Rams and completed 16 of 24 passes for 172 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, all in the fourth quarter, nearly bringing Atlanta back from a 21-3 deficit. He was named the starter on December 6, and in his first start in five years completed 23 of 40 passes for a career-high 298 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in a Monday Night Football loss to the New Orleans Saints on December 10. Redman had a disastrous Week 14, going 4 of 15 for 34 yards with two interceptions and a lost fumble against Tampa Bay, and had been the last QB to have a 0 passer rating for that game until Peyton Manning did it in 2015. He rebounded in his third start for the Falcons by completing 28 of 42 for a career-high 315 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in an overtime loss to Arizona. In the season finale, Redman completed 17 of 27 passes for 251 yards with a career-high four touchdowns in the Falcons' 44-41 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on December 30, winning his first NFC Offensive Player of the Week award. While playing in six games, four of them being starts, Redman had career highs in completion percentage (59.7), passing yards (1,079), touchdowns (10) and passer rating (90.4).

Following the 2007 season, Atlanta signed Redman to a two-year deal.[11]

In Week 12 of the 2009 season, filling in for the injured Matt Ryan and playing for the first time since December 30, 2007, Redman led the Falcons to a dramatic comeback win against the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the final seconds he threw a pass to Roddy White for the go-ahead touchdown on 4th and goal. Despite shaking off some rust, he was 23 of 41 for 243 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. As the starter for Ryan in Week 13 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Redman was 23 of 44 for 235 yards with one touchdown and two picks, one returned for a touchdown by the Eagles. In a second consecutive start filling in for Ryan against the undefeated Saints, Redman was much sharper, completing 23 of 34 passes for 303 yards with one touchdown (a 50-yard post pattern to Michael Jenkins) and one interception in a 26-23 loss.

Following the 2009 season, Redman signed a two-year extension worth $5.6 million.

On August 28, 2012, the Falcons released Redman.

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  11. ^ "Falcons re-sign Redman, make plans to pursue Turner", Fox Sports, February 29, 2008, archived from the original (– Scholar search) on March 5, 2008, retrieved March 1, 2008

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1997 Louisville Cardinals football team

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In the second quarter, with Louisville driving, Shanaurd Harts intercepted a Redman pass and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown giving Boise State a 21-17 lead. Chris Redman found Damien Dorsey for an 8-yard touchdown pass making the score 24-21 Louisville at halftime.

In the third quarter, Nick Calaycay kicked field goals of 26 and 46 yards as Boise State led 27-24. In the fourth quarter, Frank Moreau scored on a 3-yard touchdown run giving Louisville a 31-27 lead. Davy Malythong's 5 yard touchdown run made the final score Boise State 34, Louisville 31. The game was sealed when Kareem Williams picked off Chris Redman with under a minute to play.

Throughout the duration of the game, neither team ever led by more than 4 points.

This marked the first ever Division I Bowl win for Boise State.

1999 Louisville Cardinals football team

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1991 – Steven Davis, Spartanburg (S.C.) RB

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1989 – Robert Smith, Euclid (Ohio) RB

1988 – Terry Kirby, Tabb (Va.) RB

1987 – Carl Pickens, Murphy (N.C.) WR

1986 – Emmitt Smith, Escambia (Pensacola, Fla.) RB

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