Atlanta Falcons: Redman reflects on his time with the team

 

Quarterbacks John Parker Wilson (from left), Chris Redman and Matt Ryan jog onto the field for team practice at Flowery Branch on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Quarterbacks John Parker Wilson (from left), Chris Redman and Matt Ryan jog onto the field for team practice at Flowery Branch on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

JACKSONVILLE – Former Falcons quarterback Chris Redman was stunned by his release from the team on Tuesday, but he wishes his former teammates well.

“It was a big surprise for me,” Redman said via phone from Louisville on Thursday. “I didn’t really expect it. But the unexpected is part of the NFL. They made their decisions. So that’s the way it is. You have to live with it. We’ll just have to carry on and see what happens with my future. If it’s over, it’s been great.”

One day, Redman, 35, will be able to sit back on his deck and spin a wonderful tale about how he went from NFL starter to selling insurance and back to NFL starter starting on Monday Night Football.

He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the third-round (75th overall) of the 2000 draft out of Louisville. He played four seasons before back and shoulder injuries knocked him out of the league.

After being out of football for two seasons, he was signed by the Falcons on March 23, 2007. At the time, it was a common thought that he was signed by his former college coach Bobby Petrino to help teach Michael Vick the offense.

But during that chaotic season, Vick and Petrino would not be standing in the locker room at the end of the season while Redman finished off the campaign, starting the final four games.

He threw for four touchdown passes in a wild 44-41 victory over playoff-bound Seattle in the season finale on Dec. 30, 2007.

“I went from selling insurance to playing on Monday Night twice within one year,” Redman said. “I worked really hard to get back in the NFL when I was out, rehabbing my shoulder and my back. To get back out there and play well, it was not only a lot of hard work, but a lot of help from the doctors and the trainers to get me back on the field. I really appreciate everyone for everything they did.”

He remembers the Seattle game fondly.

“That was a playoff team that we beat,” Redman said. “Those kind of things were a big positive. To help the team, which was having a tough time coming in, and play pretty good, I think that was fun with that team given everything that we went through.”

Redman believes that he made the most out of the opportunity Petrino gave him to resurrect his career.

“I had to earn everything that I got,” Redman said. “When I got my chance, I earned it. That was great. I went from never thinking I was going to play again, to the next thing, you’re starting within that year. It was crazy.”

After the 2007 season, Redman next helped the Falcons through the 2009 season when Matt Ryan went down with a turf toe injury. He tossed a game-winning touchdown pass to Roddy White in the final minutes to pull out a 20-17 victory over Tampa Bay on Nov. 29. 2009.

He dropped starts against Philadelphia and New Orleans, but the win in relief of Ryan over Tampa Bay helped the franchise snap their streak of never posting back-to-back winning seasons until 2009.

Overall with the Falcons, Redman played in 20 games and posted a 1-5 record in six starts.

In 2008, he could sense the tide turning for the franchise just a year removed from Vick’s federal dogfighting scandal and Petrino’s exit for Arkansas after just 13 games.

“Coach [Mike] Smith came in and brought Matt in,” Redman said. “I developed a great relationship with Matt and went to the playoffs with this team. That first year was a really fun year. I got to be really close with a lot of the coaches and a lot of the players. It was a special time.”

He believes the Falcons, who replaced him on the roster with quarterback Luke McCown, are headed toward big things.

“I think it’s just a matter of time before Atlanta will be holding up a championship trophy,” Redman said. “I’m just disappointed that I didn’t get the chance to hold up the trophy with them. But at the same time I’ll be pulling for them and for all of my buddies out there playing.”

Redman doesn’t plan to stand around waiting for the phone to ring.

“I’m just going to play it by ear,” he said. “It’s a great time to spend with my family. I’m having a good time at home. I’m really enjoying being around my kids, my family and my parents back here in Louisville. If something comes up, great. But if not, I’m in a good place. …Whether if I play again or not, I’ve had a fun time in the NFL.”

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37 comments Add your comment

Jim

August 30th, 2012
5:51 pm

Redman got 3M over 2 years for hold a clipboard. Where can I get that kind of job? These 70 hour weeks are getting old.

Michael M.

August 30th, 2012
6:07 pm

Good Luck Red………………….

Paul

August 30th, 2012
6:20 pm

It just shows that hardwork will pay off eventually. Redman was a good addition to the team during the Petrino saga. He kept the Falcons going after Petrino left and had some pretty good games as a starter. All the best to him!

Greene Hornet

August 30th, 2012
6:33 pm

I’m glad he has a good attitude about it. He was a decent back up and I’m glad he was with us. I wish him and his family the best…

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Uh huh

August 30th, 2012
7:45 pm

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Falcon Fan

August 30th, 2012
7:59 pm

I think it was a mistake to release Redman at this point. Poor planning.

The Real Rick

August 30th, 2012
8:00 pm

Classy guy….

D man

August 30th, 2012
8:14 pm

He needs to be on the practice squad.

DawgNole

August 30th, 2012
8:47 pm

The Real Rick
August 30th, 2012
8:00 pm

Classy guy….
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Ditto.

He’s obviously handling the unpleasant side of pro football with class and dignity. He did the best he could under difficult circumstances. Good luck to him.

Hey

August 30th, 2012
9:14 pm

I guess it is time to let the young player play. Good luck.

haha

August 30th, 2012
9:19 pm

redman should be brought up on theft charges. This dude has been stealing money for several years.

dude you did not earn anything, you were garbage.

your college coach threw you a bone.

i developed a great relationship with matt. wow really chris talk about brown nosing.

JB

August 30th, 2012
9:23 pm

Class act. Not many in the NFL after losing there job. Thank you Mr. Redman for your service.

Lmc

August 30th, 2012
9:47 pm

Chris- I am proud of you. You kept your head in the game and have respected your team. You are a class act. Big shoes to fill.

Lmc

August 30th, 2012
9:52 pm

Directed to “haha”- seriously- talk about someone who is garbage “dude”. A back up QB can only do so much. If you are not good enough to play in the NFL you should probably keep comments to yourself. What good come of your negative talk???

Dr. Warren

August 30th, 2012
10:08 pm

Chris Redman sounds like a humble guy who is happy with what he was able to achieve, given his injuries. He also sounds content with heading back to civilian life, not so unusual at 35. I’m sure he was a great teammate and will be missed.

MaxxFalcon

August 30th, 2012
10:22 pm

Chris Redman was nothing but positive for the Falcons. I remember when Ryan got hurt in ‘09 and Redman threw the game-winning TD against Tampa. I also remember when Emmitt Thomas was our interim coach and Redman played hard and played well to lead us to victory against Seattle to finish off that nightmare season with pride. Nothing but respect for Chris Redman. Thanks for being a solid backup and class act Chris.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

August 30th, 2012
11:45 pm

No offense to Redman but I can’t see why he would have been stunned about his release from the team. He couldn’t even throw the football over the heads of the other team’s defensive line.

For the amount of money that he was being paid, the Falcons can and will do a whole lot better!!!! Maybe his agent will get a call from some other NFL team…..there is also the possibility of the CFL for him.

FalconsFam

August 30th, 2012
11:46 pm

I find it interesting that the Atlanta Falcons website has Dominique Davis as the 2nd string QB but others outside of the organization seem to feel McCown gets some type of veteran push to the front of the line.

blochead

August 31st, 2012
12:10 am

Redman will lucky if ever plays football again , he is the worst back up QB in football. It must be nice to get paid to play and not be any good.

PatBoggs

August 31st, 2012
1:45 am

if you think any and every back-up QB should be a starter in waiting, you BE out of touch with reality.

Redman was classy. He was never a starter in waiting, never could have been a starter with young blood coming into the league all the time.

Stevereeno

August 31st, 2012
3:32 am

I think the Falcons would’ve been better off to keep him.

Still the dopey comments are unfortunate. He served his team.

Ky

August 31st, 2012
6:38 am

Lol mccown is the worst not redman.

Rise Up!

August 31st, 2012
7:34 am

Thanks Chris!

Tom

August 31st, 2012
9:02 am

Appreciate you, Redman. Thanks for your time with us. Sad to see you go. Good luck and hope to see you around…

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Ueeediot

August 31st, 2012
10:42 am

Great attitude, noodle arm.
But classic response from Falcon fans. As people slam Matt Ryan (the guy who wins games) they slap Redman on the back. Guy had exactly one good game in 5 years…

I heard when he left Flowery Branch he tried to throw his laundry in the basket, but it was knocked down by a lineman.

Ueeediot

August 31st, 2012
10:42 am

I also hope we see him around…and hopefully within the division, and hopefully as a starter.

cdog

August 31st, 2012
10:43 am

surprised? when you can”t move your offense past the 40yd line, you are surprised? ha, ha, ha,. then bounce the ball to recievers he”s leading quarterbacks in turnovers and many other negative categories. he”s just a loser.. the falcons were only team that took a chance on him.he should be gratful..he should not be surprised

Ueeediot

August 31st, 2012
10:50 am

cdog, he was surprised the coaching staff was able to recognize how bad he was.

cdog

August 31st, 2012
11:00 am

UEEDIOT WHY ARE YOU TELLING ME THIS? YOU”re NOT MAKING SENSE.THAT MY OPINION LIKE YOU HAVE YOURS

Mr. Panic Button

August 31st, 2012
11:13 am

Redman did the best he could…God Bless em. Hope he learned from his insurance selling days and pocketed every penny of the $3M he was paid.

Falcon Fanatic

August 31st, 2012
12:39 pm

From what I observed at training camp the last few years, Redman is a really good guy. I got his autograph on a football, and he actually thanked me for coming out there. I remember seeing that his birthdate is 7-7-77, how cool is that!

Thanks Chris, for all you did for us on and off the field. May God continue to bless you and your family.

Dirtybirdsin'12

August 31st, 2012
1:24 pm

That’s a really positive attitude for a guy to have after being unexpectedly cut after 4 solid years. Redman seems to be a first class kinda guy. I’d like to thank him for his effort and contributions off and on the field while with the Falcons, and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

robertussen

August 31st, 2012
5:11 pm

i always liked redman. i hope something does work out for him.

Tmc

August 31st, 2012
11:46 pm

C Dog needs to relax. It’s gonna be okay Cdog

Brian Hunt

September 1st, 2012
11:02 am

I wish him nothing but the best. Class act.