By: Steve King, Contributor to ClevelandBrowns.com
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The Browns took a quantum leap into the future on Feb. 9, 1982.
That’s when they hired their first strength and conditioning coach, Dave “Red Man” Redding.
Redding, 29, starred as a defensive end for Nebraska and had spent three years as the strength and conditioning coach at Missouri immediately before coming to Cleveland.
Sam Rutigliano was coaching the Browns at the time, but even after he was dismissed midway through the 1984 season, Redding was retained by his successor, Marty Schottenheimer.
Redding was with the Browns for a total of seven years, leaving when Schottenheimer was dismissed at the end of the 1988 season. He followed Schottenheimer around for almost the next two decades to the Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins and San Diego Chargers.
He then went – without Schottenheimer – to the Green Bay Packers in 2009 and was part of their Super Bowl-winning team following the 2010 season, after which he retired, ending a 24-year career in the NFL.
Redding is now considered to be one of the pioneers in pro football in terms of strength and conditioning. When he was hired in Cleveland, few organizations in the league had even heard of such a coaching position.
He received rave reviews from Browns players when he was with the team. They realized they were getting stronger and in better physical condition, something that was needed at the time to compete with the tough-minded, hard-hitting clubs in the AFC Central such as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Oilers.
Also on this date, Feb. 9, in Browns history:
*In 1965, David Brandon was born in Memphis, Tenn. A product of Memphis, he was taken by the Buffalo Bills in the third round of the 1987 NFL Draft but never played for them.
Instead, he played three years with the Chargers before coming to Cleveland in 1991. He spent 2½ years with the Browns, sharing the left outside linebacker spot that first season before taking over as the full-time starter in 1992.
He had two interceptions each in 1991 and ’92, returning one 92 yards for a touchdown in the latter season.
*In 1967, Stevon Moore was born in Wiggins, Miss. The defensive back was drafted by the New York Jets in the seventh round in 1989 but didn’t begin his NFL career until the following year with the Miami Dolphins.
He came to the Browns in 1992 and was the starter at strong safety from 1993-95, after which the franchise moved to Baltimore. He had no interceptions in the league until 1995, when he had five.
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