Isaac Redman was an undrafted free agent out of Bowie State University when the Pittsburgh Steelers took a flyer on him in 2009, where he finished his first preseason with 37 carries for 145 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Redman was waived during final cuts on September 4, 2009 and re-signed to the practice squad. Mike Tomlin announced that Redman would be the team's primary goal-line back in 2010. He got his chance to start in week 5 during the 2011 NFL campaign against the Tennessee Titans. Redman has good ability, but with Rashard Mendenhall the primary back, he has had to take a back seat.
Mendenhall suffered a serious knee injury in 2011, and after the injury Redman took center stage. He finished with 479 yards, and 3 touchdowns. However, the emergence of Jonathan Dwyer in 2012 forced Redman to spilt carries. Furthermore, Mendenhall came back from his knee injury to create a log jam at the running back position in 2012. Redman spoke to 93.7 the Fan in Pittsburgh to talk about his role in the Pittsburgh running game.
“We’re in a good situation. We’re a little banged up but it’s like every week at least one of us is healthy to go and it’s good to have three guys on your team that you can count on and that are capable of being a starting running back.”
On if he should be the starting back:
“That’s the coaches decision. I’m not going to say who should be the starting running back or not, that’s up to Coach Tomlin and the rest of the coaches on who they feel should be in there. Coach Tomlin said he is going to go with the hot hand and I don’t know what he means by that but if that means he’s going to go with who’s hot or you know who’s performing at the time then so be it. If he calls my number then I’m going to be prepared and that’s all I can really worry about.”