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Super Bowl champion Antwaan Randle El says he regrets playing football

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 1/19/2016 Nick Schwartz

Joe Robbins/USA TODAY Sports © Provided by USA Today Sports Joe Robbins/USA TODAY Sports In a spectacular and often sobering special project, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette interviewed Steelers players from the Super Bowl-winning 1976 and 2006 teams, many of whom are now suffering from debilitating injuries.

Antwaan Randle El caught 27 touchdown passes and played in two Super Bowls in nine NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins, winning Super Bowl XL against the Seahawks. He is the only wide receiver to throw a touchdown in Super Bowl history. Randle El says if he could go back in time, he’d wouldn’t play football.

Via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

“If I could go back, I wouldn’t [play football]. I would play baseball. I got drafted by the Cubs in the 14th round, but I didn’t play baseball because of my parents… Don’t get me wrong, I love the game of football. But right now, I could still be playing baseball.”

Randle El, who is only 36 years old, said that he struggles with memory loss and has to go up and down the stairs in his house sideways.

“I ask my wife things over and over again, and she’s like ‘I just told you that.’ 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.”

Former Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion Frank Lewis said that he believes he could live to 120 if not for his football career.

“I try not to even think about it too much, because you’re in pain, and after a while, it almost gets depressing when you start focusing on it. You just have to keep on moving, go on like it doesn’t exist until it settles down. I think if I didn’t play football, I’d probably live to be 120.”

You can read more interviews with Steelers greats here.


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