Former NFL WR Antwaan Randle El Says He Regrets Ever Playing Football
Here’s the bad side of football nobody likes to talk about or even know about, the trials and tribulations of a football player after retirement. Antwaan Randle El, former NFL wide receiver who played 9 years in the league and won a Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers revealed that if he had to do it over again, he would have never picked up a football.
Talking to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Randel El had this to say:
“If I could go back, I wouldn’t,” 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.”
“I ask my wife things over and over again, and she’s like, ‘I just told you that,’ ” Randle El said. “I’ll ask her three times the night before and get up in the morning and forget. Stuff like that. I try to chalk it up as I’m busy, I’m doing a lot, but I have to be on my knees praying about it, asking God to allow me to not have these issues and live a long life. I want to see my kids raised up. I want to see my grandkids.”
“I have to come down sideways sometimes, depending on the day,” Randle El, 36, said. “Going up is easier actually than coming down.”
“Right now,” he said, “I wouldn’t be surprised if football isn’t around in 20, 25 years.”
“The kids are getting bigger and faster, so the concussions, the severe spinal cord injuries, are only going to get worse,” he said. “It’s a tough pill to swallow because I love the game of football. But I tell parents, you can have the right helmet, the perfect pads on, and still end up with a paraplegic kid.
“There’s no correcting it. There’s no helmet that’s going to correct it. There’s no teaching that’s going to correct it. It just comes down to it’s a physically violent game. Football players are in a car wreck every week.”