Without the erratic size of most defensive goals, the Cardinals switched Reddick to an off-ball linebacker role. He struggled to find his position and did not deliver the numbers expected from a first round pick. He started just five games into his third season and Arizona declined his option for a fifth year in 2020.
With his career on the line, Reddick went to the brink in his fourth season, a role he had graduated from in college. That success translated.
He set team highs with 12.5 sacks and six forced fumbles. He even set a franchise record when he amassed five sacks and three forced fumbles in one game against the New York Giants in North Jersey.
Reddick signed with the Panthers in 2021 as a free agent, reuniting with Rhule and several of his Temple coaches and teammates. He proved that 2020 was no fluke by recording 11 sacks and 18 quarterback hits. He defeated Jalen Hurts twice in the Eagles’ 21-18 victory in Carolina.
His NFL journey, like his experience with Temple, has been a struggle to prove himself. He was rewarded with a lucrative three-year contract to come home.
“It’s something special because I never thought this would happen,” said Reddick. “But now that I’m here, it’s just surreal.
“I’m blessed to be where I am today. It took a lot of effort to get here, but now that I’m here, it’s about sharing my blessings with other people.”
His mother took out a loan to pay for a meal plan for Reddick while he went to Temple without a scholarship. When he felt guilty and wanted to give up, his mother forced him to pursue his dream.
After turning pro, he bought Raelakia a Mercedes-Benz in 2018 for Mother’s Day. Shortly after signing with the Eagles, he bought her a new home.
“I’m just happy to be with her, take care of her and be closer to her so she can experience this,” Reddick said. “She’s played such a big part in getting me to where I am today. So for her to reap the benefits of the work she’s put into it, it’s beautiful.”