Hey IU fans remember Wide Receiver Antwaan Randle EL. Well he has decided to throw in the towl! Oh the glory days of IU Football, yes we had glory days. Antwaan Randle El, who set record after record at IU for passing yards and total offense. Ok he became a household name in the NFL. However Just like many others we claim Hoosier pride to Antwaan Randle El.
A look back at Antwaan Randle El career.
Following four years at Indiana, Randle El was drafted in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft, by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Playing with the Steelers for four seasons, he was active in all 64 regular season games with 23 starts, finding success as a wide receiver, kickreturner and punt returner. He was also instrumental in a number of trick plays, including throwing a touchdown pass as a wide receiver for the Steelers in Super Bowl XL, the only wide receiver in history to do so. After the 2005 NFL season, Randle El was signed as a free agent to the Washington Redskins. As a receiver for the Redskins, he scored ten touchdowns, catching eight and throwing two. In 2007, Randle El was sidelined for a game against the Buffalo Bills with a hamstring injury, to date being his only inactive game.
Randle El was released by the Redskins in March 2010, re-signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers shortly after. In January 2010, Randle El was named in the Bleacher Report’s Pittsburgh Steelers All-Decade team for defense and special teams, as a punt returner. He was also named fifth in USA Today’s All-Decade kick returners. Randle El has a career passer rating of 157.8, the highest of any player with more than twenty completed passes.
Wide receiver and special teams stud Antwaan Randle El announced his retirement from the league on Friday after nine seasons in the NFL. After listening to offers from some teams, Randle El decided that it was time to go. He made the announcement during the first day of his youth football academy at Thornton High School.
“It’s official. I’m hanging ‘em up,” said Randle El to the NWI Times in Indiana.
Randle El will join the Big Ten Network in the fall as a color analyst both in studio and on the field.
I am a IU alum, I think, we are unanimous in agreeing that Antwaan is a class act. He was a solid pro and a freak athlete at the collegiate level. I’m sure he’ll do well in the next phase of his life.