Antwaan Randle El will announce his retirement from the NFL on July 14 at his skills training academy, according to his brother Curtis Randle El.
As first reported on nwi.com, Curtis Randle El told The Times in an email that his younger brother would announce his retirement at the two-day camp at Thornton High School, his prep alma mater.
The camp is sponsored The El Foundation, and its website states its goal is to provide life-changing opportunities for underserved children and their families across the country with a special emphasis in the greater Pittsburgh, Chicago and Washington D.C. areas. The EL Foundation consistently provides and implements enrichment and recreational programs, camps and opportunities to support, encourage, develop and empower exceptional and successful young men and women.
Atwaan Randle El played nine seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh 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.
A football, basketball and baseball star at Thornton High School, Randle El was The Times Illinois Offensive Player of the Year in football in 1996. He was The Times 1996 and 1997 Illinois Male Athlete of the Year. He played all three sports at Indiana University, but starred in football and was the Big Ten's 2001 Offensive Player of the Year. He was drafted in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft.
With Pittsbugh, he threw a touchdown pass in Super Bowl XL, becoming the only wide receiver in history to do so.