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Former Steelers Wide Receiver Antwaan Randle El Retires, Will Join Big Ten Network

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 didn't want to go with the teams that were offering me, so I just said, ‘It's time.' Prayed about it. God opened some other doors, and I said I'm going to go that way," Randle El said.

This won't be the first time Randle El will venture into broadcasting as his degree from Indiana University is in sports communication with a specialization in broadcasting and he spent time broadcasting for the Steelers during his tenure with the team.

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