ARLINGTON TX - FEBRUARY 06: Antwaan Randle El #82 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after making a 37 yard catch in the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6 2011 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The Times of Northwest Indiana is reporting former Steelers WR and member of the Steelers Super Bowl XL championship team Antwaan Randle El is expected to announce his retirement from the NFL at his skills training academy July 14.
Randle El, best known in Pittsburgh for his 43-yard touchdown pass to WR Hines Ward in Super Bowl XL, was a second round draft pick by the Steelers in 2002. He played there through the 2005 season, which culminated in a championship, and left via free agency for Washington.
After playing four seasons with the Redskins, Randle El came back to Pittsburgh, where he played the 2010 season, which also resulted in an appearance in the Super Bowl. Green Bay defeated the Steelers 31-26, but Randle El had two catches for 50 yards, including a big 37-yard gainer in the second quarter.
Randle El was an excellent kick returner as well, running back six combined punts and kickoffs for touchdowns in his nine year career.
He won't go down in history as being the best player ever to wear No. 82, but Randle El always provided that hint of excitement - as well as danger - on the field. His pass to Ward couldn't have come at a better time, and couldn't epitomize his career any better. It may be the only play he makes all game, but it's one you'll remember.
We wish him health, happiness and safety in his retirement.