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Former Ravens defensive end Cory Redding retires

Cory Redding and Josh Wilson celebrate Redding's touchdown in the first half of the Ravens' AFC Divisional playoff game in Pittsburgh Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011.
Cory Redding and Josh Wilson celebrate Redding's touchdown in the first half of the Ravens' AFC Divisional playoff game in Pittsburgh Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. (DYLAN SLAGLE / Carroll County Times)

Cory Redding, a 13-year NFL veteran who spent two productive seasons with the Ravens, announced his retirement Wednesday on Twitter.

"I'm leaving the game I've played for 23 years," he said from his account, @CRedd90. "Thanks to the teams I played for, coaches, teammates, fans and my family 4 their support!"

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A Houston native drafted by the Lions in 2003, Redding started 22 games on the defensive line for the Ravens after signing with the team in 2010.

The Ravens won a playoff game in each of Redding's two years with them, but his most memorable moment occurred in a playoff loss.

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Redding scored his only career touchdown on a strange play when Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger fumbled the ball on what at first appeared to be an incomplete pass. The ball sat on the grass for several seconds before Redding -- realizing the referees hadn't blown the whistle -- picked up the ball and ran it 13 yards for the score. That gave the Ravens a 14-7 lead, but they eventually lost 31-24 in that divisional round game.

Redding accumulated 35.5 sacks throughout his career, which ended with a year in Arizona after three years in Indianapolis.

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