Another former Montreal Alouette finds a home with the USFL for the 2022 season. Wide receiver Teo Redding has seen stints with the NFL, XFL, and CFL following a successful career with Bowling Green. During his 4 years at Bowling Green he collected 94 receptions for 1,328 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Redding’s career got off to a slow start, accounting for just 6 games as a redshirt freshman, catching 5 passes for 59 yards on offense, adding 2 punt returns for 7 yards and 1 tackle on special teams. The Freshman receiver had found himself firmly planted on the bench in year one.
In year two he got a few more chances to perform. He would appear in 9 games catching 13 passes for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns, adding 3 tackles, and 1 kick return for 13 yards. However this still wasn’t what Redding had in mind when he entered college. He wanted to be a regular contributor if not a starter.
He would achieve this goal in his junior year. After starting his career having played in just 15 games over 2 seasons and catching 18 passes for 281 yards and 3 touchdowns, 4 tackles, and 20 yards on special teams, Redding found himself on the field early and often in 2016.
Teo would go on to catch 31 passes for 423 yards and 3 more touchdowns as a junior. Dwarfing his career stats to this point. He had finally seized his piece of the offense, and had no plans on letting go heading into his senior season. In fact he actually had bigger things in store.
As a senior Redding logged career highs in all 3 major receiving categories. Receptions, yardage, and touchdowns. Appearing in 11 games he managed 45 receptions for 624 yards and 8 touchdowns. This marked a huge improvement over his first 3 seasons with the team, and fell right before he was slated to leave school in hopes of landing in the NFL.
Despite a strong senior season, he would find himself going undrafted. He would originally land with the Lions before moving onto Washington, and later Green Bay. The only team that he stuck on for any length of time at this level was the Packers who held onto him from November of 2018, all the way until August of 2019. Nearly a full calendar year, although this time was spent on the practice squad.
Following his release by the Packers during final cuts on August 31st 2019, Redding was left to sit out the 2019 season the first time he would find himself not on a roster in the NFL. Redding decided following the year off that he needed to find his next opportunity outside the NFL.
That’s when he latched on with the New York Guardians of the XFL for the 2020 season, or what they were able to get through. Redding played in all 5 games the XFL was able to get in prior to the shut down due to covid 19. He would start 1 game, and catch 8 passes for 102 yards and average over 12 yards per reception for New York. Following the shut down of the XFL, Redding again was searching for a new home.
For the 2021 season Teo Redding would land north of the border in Canada with the Montreal Alouettes. He would spend his time with the team on the injured reserve list logging no stats at the CFL level before being released in July of 2021. Redding was one of 6 players to suffer an Achilles injury in the same week last season. This again left him a free agent, and running out of options, or so it appeared on the surface.
After remaining on the open market from July until February, Redding landed with the Massachusetts Pirates of the Indoor Football League. He signed a contract with the team on February 1st 2022, only a little over a month later, he would hear his name called in the USFL Supplemental Draft by the Houston Gamblers. Now he has a decision to make…Arena League, or USFL?
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