Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antwaan Randle El will retire from the NFL later this month, according to his brother. Randle El played nine seasons in the NFL, five with the Steelers and four with the Washington Redskins.
Curtis Randle El, reportedly sent an email to the Times of Northwest Indiana announcing that his brother will make his retirement official on July 14 at his skills training academy that will be held at Thornton High School, his prep alma mater.
Randle El was originally drafted by the Steelers in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft out of Indiana, where he primarily played quarterback. He was converted to a wide receiver by the Steelers and went on to record 370 receptions for 4,467 yards and 15 touchdowns during his pro career.
Following the 2005 season Randle El was an unrestricted free agent and signed a seven-year deal worth $31 million with the Redskins. After four seasons in Washington Randle El was released and returned to Pittsburgh on a three-year deal worth $7 million. He lasted just one season back in Pittsburgh and was released following the 2010 season.
Randle El finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting his senior season at Indiana, where he became the first quarterback in Division I history to score 40 touchdowns passing and 40 touchdowns rushing in his career.
Randle El also holds the distinction of being the only wide receiver in NFL history to throw a touchdown pass in a Super Bowl.