Isaac Redman gave the Steelers his all

PITTSBURGH – Isaac Redman, who rushed for over 1,000 yards in four-plus seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, should not have any regrets after announcing his retirement on Friday.

Redman, who is only 29, has to walk away from the game because of a career-ending spinal injury. No one can question whether Redman left anything on the field.

“Last season I tried my best to play through a neck injury but I just wasn’t myself on the field,” Redman wrote on his Twitter account. “After being released I sent to Cali to see Dr. Watkins [doctor who did Peyton Manning’s neck surgery]. After 2 MRIs and a CAT-scan he then told me I had suffered a career-ending injury to my spinal cord. Various teams have called but as you can see I was unable to go. I would like to thank all my fans for the tremendous support throughout my career.”

Redman spent most of his rookie season on the Steelers’ practice squad before making the team in 2010 and playing four seasons in Pittsburgh. He opened 2013 as a starter because of an injury to Le’Veon Bell but rushed for just 12 yards on 10 carries.

The Steelers released Redman in the middle of October last season after he had been deactivated for three consecutive games.

The injury helps explain why Redman struggled so badly in his final NFL season as he averaged 4.2 yards per carry from 2010-12 and just 1.2 yards per carry in 2013.

Redman captured the fancy of Steelers fans in 2009 when he starred in the goal-line drill at training camp.

Little was known about the undrafted rookie from Bowie State in Maryland until the defense couldn’t keep him out of the end zone during one of the most anticipated drills at camp.

After bursting onto the scene, Redman found himself surrounded by reporters. As coach Mike Tomlin walked past Redman to give his daily camp briefing, he coolly said, “Sorry to interrupt you, Isaac.”

The day turned Redman into something of a cult figure and while he only made the practice squad that season, he played his way on to the 53-man roster in 2010 and rushed for 247 yards and averaged 4.8 yards per carry.

Redman always ran hard, and he thrived in the role of complementary back and spot starter.

He should be remembered fondly by Steelers fans despite the unfortunate end to his career.