From the Super Bowl in Dallas three weeks ago I wrote about former Chiefs assistant coach Dave Redding and his eminent retirement from the NFL, where he had worked since the early 1980s as a strength and conditioning coach. Here’s the link if you missed it.
At the time Redman told a story about growing up in Nebraska, where he played high school football for his father and college football for the Cornhuskers of Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne.
“My mother saved for a long time a project that I had from fifth grade; it was a letter to my parents about what I wanted to do with my life,” Redding said. “I wrote that I wanted to play high school football for my father; that I would play football as a Nebraska Cornhusker and I would play for the Green Bay Packers since they were my favorite team when I was growing up.
“How unbelievable is that? I was able to accomplish all three of those things.”
The last was being part of the Packers.
He was there on the sideline at Cowboys Stadium for the Green Bay victory over Pittsburgh and the return of the Vince Lombardi Trophy to Lambeau Field. After chasing championships with the Browns, Chiefs, Redskins, Chargers and Packers, he finally hit the football lotto as he was walking out the door of the Green Bay weight room.
The folks in Green Bay are saying good bye to Redman as he gets ready to split his life between Nebraska and Arizona in retirement. Here’s a link to a very good story in the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
His final two years working with the Packers was the perfect sendoff from the NFL for Redding.
“Everybody in football should have the opportunity to coach for the Green Bay Packers at least once to find out what football is really all about,” he said. “This is real football here. This is the Green Bay Packers. It’s the only show in town. It’s fantastic to be part of something like that.”