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BlitzburghRockCity
07-06-2012, 08:59 PM
Veteran wide receiver Antwaan Randle El will announce his retirement from the NFL during his skills training academy on July 14,Mike Nieto of The Times of Northwest Indiana reports,citing an email from Randle El's brother.

Randle El,who turns 33 in August,played quarterback at Indiana University before he was selected in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers . Randle El was moved to wide receiver and finishes his nine-year career with 370 receptions for 4,467 yards and 15 touchdowns.

The versatile Randle El also averaged 22.3 yards on 79 kick returns,with one touchdown, and 8.2 yards on 311 punt returns,scoring five touchdowns.

The Steelers took advantage of Randle El's background as a quarterback. In his five overall seasons in Black and Gold,Randle El completed 16-of-18 pass attempts for 170 yards with four of his sixcareer touchdown passes. Randle El completed one of three pass attempts in the playoffs -- a 43-yard touchdown strike to Hines Ward in the Steelers' win over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL.

Following that Super Bowl win,Randle El signed a seven-year,$31 million contract with the Washington Redskins . In four seasons in the nation's capital,Randle El started 48 of 63 games and caught 186 passes for 2,202 yards along with eight of his 15 career receiving touchdowns.

Released by the Redskins in 2010,Randle El returned for one final season with the Steelers,but had his contract terminated following last year's lockout.

Randle El had a workout with the Detroit Lions last November 4,but he was not signed and spent the season out of football.

NFL.com

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Speeed
07-06-2012, 09:07 PM
I never knew what to think of the guy as far as his role with the Steelers, but he seemed to have a good head on his shoulders for the most part. Going to the Redskins is basically a death sentence. I sincerely hope he saved enough dough to retire comfortably. I wish him the best.

Phenomenal TJ
07-07-2012, 06:59 AM
ARE was always a class act and I wish him the best. Great memories of him tossing that touchdown to Ward.

connecticutsteel
07-07-2012, 08:05 AM
Another converted by the steelers qb that did well Dennis Dixon should have gone that route.

ChucktownSteeler
07-07-2012, 09:40 AM
Best of luck in all you pursue, ARE!

A true Steeler wrapped in our history!

C-town

BlitzburghRockCity
07-07-2012, 11:33 AM
El was always a call act and very grateful for the opportunity that he was given. Nothing but the best of luck to him in life after football.

I'm sure his greatest NFL memory was throwing that TD pass to word in super bowl XL; man that was awesome!

http://blog.pennlive.com/patriotnewssports/2009/01/large_randle_el_trickery.jpg

BlitzburghRockCity
07-07-2012, 11:34 AM
Still gives me chills

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6ECvB-gbQ4

Phenomenal TJ
07-07-2012, 11:53 AM
Always love seeing Roethlisberger throw him a block on that play too.

ChucktownSteeler
07-07-2012, 04:06 PM
Always love seeing Roethlisberger throw him a block on that play too.

You took the words out of my mouth. Man, ARE's passing numbers (although limited) are awesome!

Anyone else remember that play and wish Hines had done a Lynn Swann "over the back" football spike like his TD in the Super Bowl. I remember thinking wow, how cool is this the dynasty is back and I got to enough the first one and now get to enough the second on with my kids. It was unreal!

ARE will always be a Steeler in my book, for that play alone.

C-town

BlitzburghRockCity
07-08-2012, 07:22 PM
ARE used to take a pounding in the game day threads on here, he drove people nuts with that dancing around in his return game..lol.

Blazedby92
07-08-2012, 11:49 PM
Hated him as a WR but loved him as a Steeler athlete
SB 40 pass to Ward will always be his highlight, Thanks ARE!!!

86WARD
07-09-2012, 01:39 PM
Hated him as a WR but loved him as a Steeler athlete
SB 40 pass to Ward will always be his highlight, Thanks ARE!!!

Like the way you put that...

K Train
07-09-2012, 01:44 PM
the dude was straight up afraid of the endzone, best financial decision he made was going to the skins, unfortunately it derailed his career by exposing his mediocrity

86WARD
07-09-2012, 03:32 PM
He made the easy catch look so difficult...unlike any other. Always looking to jump...lol.