Antwaan Randle El is ready to call it a career

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When we last heard from Antwaan Randle El, he was trying out for the Lions late in the 2011 season. But after that opportunity failed to materialize, and after an offseason in which he hasn’t drawn any interest from any other NFL teams, Randle El is ready to retire.

Randle El’s brother Curtis Randle El told the Times of Northwest Indiana that Antwaan will announce his retirement on July 14 at Thornton High School in Harvey, Illinois, where he was a three-sport star.

After a good career as a run-first, pass-second quarterback at Indiana (as well as spending some time playing for Bob Knight’s basketball team and the Hoosiers’ baseball team), Randle El was a second-round draft pick of the Steelers in 2002. He played wide receiver for four years for the Steelers and then played four years for the Redskins before playing one final season in Pittsburgh in 2010.

Randle El’s career stats consist of 370 catches for 4,467 yards and 15 touchdowns, plus 79 carries for 438 yards. In limited action as a passer on trick plays, Randle El made the most of his experience as a quarterback, completing 22 of 27 passes for 323 yards, with six touchdowns and no interceptions. His passer rating of 156.1 is the highest in NFL history for players with at least 20 passes, and he may be best remembered for a touchdown pass he threw to Hines Ward in Super Bowl XL.

33 responses to “Antwaan Randle El is ready to call it a career

  1. Randle had a solid career. Even though he had trouble with number 2 positions wide out. Randle made it up by great punt return numbers, and a decent slot receiver.

  2. I wonder what degree he earned @ IU. He always seemed like he’d make a really good teacher/coach. At any rate, hope the rest of his life is rewarding!

  3. @buttthatmaketoomuchsense – Randle El was an extremely exciting player for the IU football program, however he is not the all time leading rusher – Anthony Thompson is.

  4. I met him once at Cleveland Hopkins Airport after the Steelers probably pasted the Brownies, very nice guy, even though he was running to catch a flight, we chatted for a little bit.

  5. El Yeah!!!!
    What a dynamic player Randle El was. Tremendous kick returner. And least we forget that without him, the Steelers don’t win Super Bowl 40. He was Pittsburgh’s best passer that day.
    The following season, 2006, he took Dan Snyder’s money and faded into obscurity with the Redskins. Had he stayed a Steeler, I think he would’ve had many more productive seasons.

  6. Randle El was a solid football player. He lined up where needed and produced, for the most part. Enjoy your post-football career, sir.

  7. He’s the type of guy who can go out and do just about anything he wants for a living. A+ kinda guy.

  8. I was impressed when the Steelers drafted him and the book said he was about 5′ 10″ and could dunk a basketball in sandals. Absolutely no idea if it was true, but thought that was a cool stat if it was.

  9. Randel El was great fun to watch as a football and basketball player. He put on quite a show in football. He is the all time leading passer at IU. However, a gent by the name of Anthony Thompson has him by almost 2k in rushing. Still amazing, and quite a solid pro career!

  10. I’m shocked not on negative comment about the guy yet … Someone please have some terrible story after meeting him.. ill say it he punched a baby Seahawks fan in 06

  11. Yeah, I went to school with him at IU too. Helluva nice guy… he always bought me a hot dog when I let him cheat off me on an exam.

  12. Randle El was a good weapon in Pittsburgh. Washington never really used him to his full potential, but he was a good player the first two years there as well.

    He was an amazing college quarterback. IMO if he was graduating this year someone would have given him a shot at playing QB in the NFL.

  13. Who didn’t like this guy? Everyone loves gadget players, and he was one of the better ones of this generation.

  14. Like David Tyree, stats don’t matter- he’ll always be remembered for one special moment in the Super Bowl!!

  15. Likely one of the best throwers on the run that the NFL has ever witnessed. The dude could do an end-around at full tilt and lay out a perfect spiral right in the receiver’s hands.

    I always wondered how he would have favored as a pure QB. Good for him, though, for accepting his role and flourishing in it.

    For everyone calling him a good kick returner… He was an awful kick returner, but a great PUNT returner. As a kick returner he danced way too much and had no clue how to just take the ball up the field. The Steelers actually ended up taking KR responsibilities away from him and leaving him only as a PR.

  16. Was always a fun player to watch, he seemed to enjoy everyplay, kept his mouth shut, wasn’t in the negative headlines and how could you forget that pass in the Super Bowl. The best, to a true professional of the NFL.

  17. omegaichiban: You make a good point about Randle El being Super Bowl 40’s MVP.
    Up until Super Bowl 45, Randle El was tied with Ben Roethlisberger for most TD passes completed in a Super Bowl by Steelers passer not named Terry Bradshaw.
    Considering that Randle El didn’t even play in Super Bowl 43, that’s quite astonishing.

  18. Randle El was probably the Steelers best punt retuner ever. The play I always remember Antwaan for is the pass to Hines Ward in the Super Bowl that clinched the Steelers first Super Bowl since the 70s.

  19. I will remember El as being the king of fair catches, muffed punts, running horizontally all over the field when he caught a pass and then fumbling. Shocked when the Steelers picked him up after he played for Skins. I am sure he is a solid guy though and wish him the best post NFL life.

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