Antwaan Randle El is ready to retire from the NFL after nine seasons with two teams.
The 5-10, 185-pound veteran receiver tried out for the Detroit Lions late last season, but Randle El remained unsigned and didn’t draw much interest this offseason.
Curtis Randle El, the brother of Antwaan, 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.
Randle El, 32, was a second-round selection (62nd overall) in 2002 by the Pittsburgh Steelers after an impressive collegiate career at Indiana University, where the very versatile Riverdale, IN native operated as a run-first, pass-second signal-caller and also spent some time playing for Bob Knight’s basketball squad and the Hoosiers’ baseball team.
He spent his first four seasons with the Steelers (2002-05), before wrapping up his professional career in Pittsburgh in 2010 for a fifth year after four seasons with the Washington Redskins (2006-09).
In all, he racked up 370 catches for 4,467 yards and 15 TDs in 143 games (71 starts). He also added 438 yards on 70 carries (5.5 average) on the ground as well.
Randle El also amassed 2,557 yards and five scores on 311 punt returns (8.2 average) and 1,759 kick return yards on 79 attempts with one touchdown and 13 total tackles.
Moreover, in limited action, he made the most of his experience as a passer on trick plays.
On 27 attempts, he completed 22 passes for 323 yards (81.5 completion percentage) with six scores and no interceptions.
His passer rating (156.1) is the highest for players with at least 20 passes in NFL history.
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