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Without the odd size of most defensive ends, the Cardinals transitioned Reddick to an off-ball linebacker role. He struggled to find his footing and didn’t get the numbers expected of a first-round pick. He started just five games in his third season, and Arizona declined his fifth-year option in 2020.

With his career on the line, Reddick kicked into high gear in his fourth season, a role he had been successful in in college. This success has translated.

He recorded team highs with 12.5 sacks and six forced fumbles. He even set a franchise record when he had 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 2020 was no fluke by recording 11 sacks and 18 quarterback hits. He knocked down Jalen Hurts twice in the Eagles’ 21-18 win at Carolina.

His NFL journey, like his experience at Temple, was a battle to prove himself. He was rewarded with a lucrative three-year contract to come home.

“It’s something special because I never thought it would happen,” Reddick said. “But now that I’m here, it’s just surreal.

“I’ve been blessed to be where I am right now. It’s taken a lot of hard work 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 provide Reddick with a meal plan while he went to Temple without a scholarship. When he felt guilty and wanted to give up, his mother pushed him to pursue his dream.

Having turned pro, he bought Raelakia a Mercedes-Benz in 2018 for Mother’s Day. Shortly after signing with the Eagles, he bought her a new house.

“I’m just happy to be able to be around her, to take care of her and to be closer to her so she can go through this,” Reddick said. “She’s been such a big part of getting me to where I am today. So for her to reap the rewards of the work she’s done, it’s wonderful.”