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mesaSteeler
07-09-2012, 10:22 PM
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Ex-Steelers receiver Randle-El about to end NFL career

Pittsburgh Steelers
July 7, 2012
By: Christina Rivers

Antwaan Randle-El, a former collegiate football star at Indiana, the second-round draft for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2002, is reportedly strongly considering retiring from professional football according to many news sites. Randle-El played with the Steelers for four years and another four with the Redskins before one final season in Pittsburgh (2010). After a tryout with the Detroit Lions late in the 2011 season that failed to provide him an opportunity to play, he is opting to step off of the gridiron for good.

According to NBC Sports's Pro Football Talk and NWI.com, Curtis Randle-El recently told the Times of Northwest Indiana that his brother will announce his retirement on July 14 from Thornton High School in Harvey, Illinois. At Thornton, Antwaan was named the Times Illinois Offensive Player of the Year in football in 1996. He was also the Times 1996 and 1997 Illinois Male Athlete of the Year, playing football, baseball and basketball.

Randle-El was a double-threat quarterback at Indiana University. In 2001, Randle-El was named the Big Ten's 2001 Offensive Player of the Year. One of the reasons that the Steelers drafted him was his ability to run and pass. Following a slash-type offense led by Kordell Stewart, the Steelers recognized his versatility. Although drafted as a quarterback, Randle-El was quickly moved to wide receiver and special teams returner on kickoffs.

Randle-El's retirement announcement will occur during a two-day camp at Thornton High School. The camp is sponsored by The El Foundation, whose mission is to provide life-changing opportunities for under-served children and families with emphasis in the greater Chicago, Pittsburgh and Washington D.C. areas. He has always strongly supported his NFL homes by donating time to local charities. According to The El Foundation website, the organization's first food drive took place in Pittsburgh in 2003 at The Mall in Robinson to aid the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in conjunction with Dick's Clothing store.

Curtis Randle-El, a co-founder of The El Foundation, also played college football at Indiana at the defensive back position from 1996 - 1999. The youngest Randle-El brother, Marcus, is a receiver at the University of Wisconsin.

In his five years with the Steelers, Antwaan Randle-El made history by becoming the only wide receiver to throw a touchdown pass in a Super Bowl (XL). For his career, Randle-El made 370 catches for 4,467 yards and 15 touchdowns. As a quarterback in the NFL, he completed 22 of 27 passes for 323 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions giving him a passer rating of 156.1. That rating is the highest in NFL for all players with at least 20 passes.

truesteelerfan
07-10-2012, 04:23 PM
That rating is the highest in NFL for all players with at least 20 passes.

HOF???

Kidding...But really - I loved the potential he had when he made that swing towards the backfield after the ball was snapped - ALA the TD pass to Ward in SB 40.

All these guys younger than me hanging up their cleats - makes a guy feel old.

MasterOfPuppets
07-10-2012, 07:44 PM
glad the rooney's aren't as dumb as snyder

Atlanta Dan
07-10-2012, 08:45 PM
glad the rooney's aren't as dumb as snyder

There are a few free agents I wish the Steelers would have retained (Leon Searcy/Chad Brown - Faneca was too pricey for his age) but the Rooneys usually do not guess wrong on who stays and who goes

GMU Steeler
07-11-2012, 10:33 AM
glad the rooney's aren't as dumb as snyder

No kidding. I knew they made a mistake the minute I saw the contract details. Anyhow, I wish ARE well in retirement. Loved seeing him on the trick plays which were fun to watch. He had another one in the 2005 playoff run in the Bengals game if I recall that pretty much put us in the driver's seat if I recall.