Atwaan Randle El Set to Retire from the NFL

Atwaan Randle El was always a fan favorite with the Steelers during his time with the team. Now it appears his career has come to a close, as his brother says he will announce his retirement.

Randle El played nine seasons in the NFL with the Steelers and Washington Redskins. He played with Pittsburgh from 2002-2005, Washington from 2006-2009, and returned to the Steelers in 2010. Pittsburgh released him in August of 2011.

Randle El will announce his retirement from the NFL on July 14 at his skills training academy, according to his brother Curtis Randle El.

With Pittsbugh, he threw a touchdown pass in Super Bowl XL, becoming the only wide receiver in history to do so when he threw a perfect pass to Hines Ward (SB XL MVP) for the dagger in the 21-10 win over Seattle.

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  • DrGeorge

    It’s a shame that Randle El never got a chance to play QB in the NFL. He would have excelled in the “wildcat” formation, which is really nothing more than a variation of the old single wing. Even as a WR, his unique ability to run and throw gave defensive coordinators fits. Those who were privileged to watch him play at Indiana know what a remarkable athlete he really was. There, he elevated an average team to a highly competitive level. And in the NFL, he had a solid career playing in his second-best position. He gave Steelers fans a lot of wonderful memories.

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