Former University of Louisville quarterback Chris Redman was inducted into the Kentucky NFL Hall of Fame during ceremonies Friday at the Louisville Palace. Presenting his son was former Male High football coach Bob Redman who said Chris initially intended to carry on the family tradition of  playing center. That was before his first PeeWee practice session. Afterwards, he wanted to drop football altogether. Dad took him to the Middletown McDonald’s and ordered 20 Chicken McNuggets to persuade him to keep playing. Took several trips to McDonald’s to convince him, in fact.

Howard Schnellenberger and Charlie Strong, two of the best to ever coach football at the University of Louisville, got together before the induction ceremonies, causing photographers to trip all over themselves and each other to capture the special moment.

An empty chair was part of a special tribute to Johnny Unitas who became one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the National Football League. Johnny Unitas, Jr. was on hand to honor his father, describing his dad as one of the greatest quarterbacks and an even better father. That’s Chris Redman and Bubba Paris at right.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

2 thoughts on “Chris Redman enters the Kentucky NFL Hall of Fame, Unitas honored”
  1. Charlie, the power you wield! You mention the Unitas omission, and voila, they make an effort to recognize him.

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