When most think of the luxurious life of a NFL player, they wouldn't think of anywhere they would rather be. The money seems to trump all other concern about their physical body and their future; however, it doesn't mean some players don't live with regret after hanging up their cleats for good.
You can count former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antwaan Randle El in that group. Randle El told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette if he could do it all over again, he wouldn't play football in the NFL.
"If I could go back, I wouldn't play football," he said.
"I would play baseball. I got drafted by the Cubs in the 14th round, but I didn't play baseball because of my parents. They made me go to school. Don't get me wrong, I love the game of football. But right now, I could still be playing baseball," he said.
Randle El was a quarterback at the Indiana before being drafted by the Steelers in 2002. He played in Pittsburgh from 2002 to 2005, then signed a lucrative contract with the Washington Redskins. He would return back to Pittsburgh to finish his career in 2010.
Fans got to know Randle El as the next "Slash" with his versatility and playmaking ability at multiple positions, but the money and fame simply wasn't enough for Randle El when he looks back in hindsight. Randle El discusses struggling to walk down stairs at times, and several mental lapses throughout the day.
"I ask my wife things over and over again, and she's like, ‘I just told you that," he said.
In 2015, Randle El was part of the lawsuit against the NFL for the way the league has handled head injuries, and was one of over 5,000 who received a settlement in the lawsuit. To take it one step further, Randle El discussed how he wouldn't be surprised if football doesn't exist anymore in 20-25 years due to the violent nature, and severity, of injuries.