Former Steelers running back Isaac Redman retires

Pittsburgh Steelers' Isaac Redman runs out of the grasp of Cleveland Browns defender Jabaal Sheard...

Pittsburgh Steelers' Isaac Redman runs out of the grasp of Cleveland Browns defender Jabaal Sheard during the second quarter of their NFL game on January 1, 2012. (REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk)

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A serious spinal cord injury has forced former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman to retire.

He announced his retirement via Twitter on Friday:

"Why I'm not in the NFL? To those who are wondering why I am not playing anymore. Last season, I tried my best to play through a neck injury, but I just wasn't myself on the field."

Redman, 29, compiled 1,148 yards and five touchdowns on 282 career carries during his five-year career. Redman attended Division II Bowie State and went undrafted before signing with the Steelers before the 2009 season.

The Steelers released Redman after he suffered a concussion in the second game of the regular season.


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