Former Steelers WR Randle El: If I Could Go Back, I Wouldn't Play Football
Former Steelers wide receiver Antwaan Randle El says he regrets choosing to play football due to the post-retirement issues he is now experiencing.
The 36-year-old Randle El's reflections on his football career were published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“If I could go back, I wouldn’t (play football),” Randle El 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.”
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The versatile playmaker explained that he now has trouble walking down stairs and is struggling with his memory as well.
"I ask my wife things over and over again, and she’s like, 'I just told you that,' said Randle El, who threw a memorable touchdown pass to Hines Ward in the Steelers' Super Bowl XL victory over Seattle.
After retiring in 2010, Randle El helped start a Christian high school in Ashburn, Va., and now cautions parents about the dangers of football.
“Right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if football isn’t around in 20, 25 years," he said.