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Antwaan Randle El set to retire July 14

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Antwaan Randle El signing with the Redskins in 2006 (Credit: Gerald Herbert, Associated Press)
The last time anyone heard the name Antwaan Randle El, was 2011 as he was trying out for the Detroit Lions. The Lions decided not to sign the veteran receiver to the team and apparently, other NFL teams are currently not interested as well.
Randle El’s brother Curtis Randle El told the Times of Northwest Indiana that Antwaan will announce his retirement on July 14 at Thornton High School in Harvey, Illinois, where he was a three-sport star.
After a good career as a run-first, pass-second quarterback at Indiana (as well as spending some time playing for Bob Knight’s basketball team and the Hoosiers’ baseball team), Randle El was a second-round draft pick of the Steelers in 2002. He played wide receiver for four years for the Steelers and then played four years for the Redskins before playing one final season in Pittsburgh in 2010.
Randle El’s career stats consist of 370 catches for 4,467 yards and 15 touchdowns, plus 79 carries for 438 yards. In limited action as a passer on trick plays, Randle El made the most of his experience as a quarterback, completing 22 of 27 passes for 323 yards, with six touchdowns and no interceptions. His passer rating of 156.1 is the highest in NFL history for players with at least 20 passes, and he may be best remembered for a touchdown pass he threw to Hines Ward in Super Bowl XL.
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Stewart Comes Back to Pittsburgh to Retire a Steeler

Kordell Stewart, known as “Slash” in his early days, returned to the Steel City Wednesday to announce his retirement.

He always wanted to do it as a Steeler, and was able to get it done the way he wanted, just like one of his old WR’s – Hines Ward.

“It’s not closure in a negative way, it’s closure in a positive way … I had a great time doing it. It’s about the experience.”

Stewart, who is now 39, played his first eight seasons in Pittsburgh, making a splash as “Slash” in 1996 while helping the team to the Super Bowl before beginning an enigmatic career at quarterback.

“This where it all started, this where all my success was,” Stewart said on Wednesday. “This was the closure I wanted to have and needed to have with my career.”

He made the Pro Bowl in 2001 after leading Pittsburgh to a 13-3 record but never really recovered after getting pulled for Tommy Maddox after the team started 0-2 and he was struggling in week three when the team eventually had to rally back to beat Cleveland in OT.

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Bengals’ Chris Crocker glad to see “dirty player” Hines Ward retire

Bengals safety Chris Crocker will not be sending a bouquet to longtime Steelers receiver Hines Ward, who announced his retirement on Tuesday. Crocker played against Ward many times and told Bengals.com that he doesn’t appreciate the way Ward would blindside vulnerable opponents with hard hits that go beyond the bounds of fair play. “He tried…

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Aaron Smith sounds likely to retire

Released by the Steelers after 13 seasons, defensive end Aaron Smith sounds more likely to retire than find another team that will pay him. “We’re celebrating [13] years of having the privilege of playing for the Steelers, and Aaron is celebrating having more time with his five kids and wife. There are no hard feelings,”…

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Chris Hoke will retire

The first, expected change to the Steelers defense will officially take place Thursday. Defensive lineman Chris Hoke will announce his retirement at a press conference held by the Steelers. Hoke was a classic, valuable role player for an entire decade. He joined the organization in 2001 as an undrafted free agent and remained a backup…

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Steelers: Arians To Retire From Coaching

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Steelers say offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has informed the team that he plans to retire from coaching.

Arians, 57, considered retiring before last season and is in the final year of his contract.

He has been the Steelers offensive coordinator since 2007, appearing in two Super Bowls and winning one of them.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin released a statement on the team’s website this morning.

It reads in full:
” Bruce Arians has informed me that he will retire from coaching. I appreciate his efforts over the past five years as the team’s offensive coordinator and for helping lead our offense to new heights during his time with the Steelers. I am grateful to Bruce for contributing to our success and wish him nothing but the best in his retirement.”

Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.

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Bouchette: Ward Not Going to Retire

There’s a lot more about the Hines Ward retirement talk today, and Ed Bouchette of the Post-Gazette says flat out it won’t happen.

Many have said he no longer can play, that he’s not getting “separation” anymore. The Steelers coaches seem to think that too, which is why I believe those coaches do not want him back. But if they force him out, I believe there will be some teams who would welcome him to their roster — not as a No. 1 or maybe even a No. 2, but as a proven, veteran possession receiver who can impart his knowledge on some younger receivers. Arizona, for example, would be among them, especially with Ward’s old position coach and offensive coordinator, Ken Whisenhunt.

Bouchette says that Ward has a roster bonus due in March, meaning that a decision will be made by then.

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Report: Chris Hoke Expected To Retire

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Not a huge surprise by any measure, but Mark Kaboly reports tonight via Twitter that Pittsburgh Steelers backup nose tackle Chris Hoke has no intentions of playing anymore and that retirement is just a formality now. There is no time table set for him to officially make his announcement. Hoke was originally signed by the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2001 out of Brigham Young.

Hoke dressed for 114 games during his time with the Steelers and started 18 regular season games in total. He is credited with 83 career tackles and 2 sacks during his time in the black and gold. During Read more […]

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Report: Hines Ward will retire

With the Steelers facing the start of the long offseason, decisions will start being made about the future of the roster. One player to watch on that front is Hines Ward. Ward turns 36 in March and after seeing his role cut dramatically in his 14th NFL season, there’s been some talk that he might…

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Coach Lebeau Set to Retire?

Per a rumor by Pro Football Talk (PFT), Dick Lebeau may retire after Super Bowl XLIII.  As mostly everyone knows, Dick Lebeau is the beloved Steelers defensive coordinator and the inventor of the zone blitz schema. 

The Pittsburgh Steelers (not just the defense) should win this Super Bowl for their future ‘Hall of Fame’ coach Lebeau.  What would be a better treat then winning this one for him since he’s been so instrumental to the Steelers success both past and current.  His defense plays the way football was meant to be played.  In addition to winning Super Bowl XLIII for coach Lebeau, the Steelers players should carry their coach off the field on the player’s shoulders.  That’s the type of respect that Lebeau deserves. 

All current and past Steelers players feel strongly for the coordinator and praise him not just for his coaching ability and personality but they respect him as a ‘dad’ type figure.   In fact, many players have referred to him as coach ‘dad’.  Players love him, opposition fear him. 

Coach Dick Lebeau is well respect (and well deserved) not just throughout the Pittsburgh Steelers organization but also within that National Football League circles.  He was a Hall of Fame player (is not yet inducted but should be) and a legendary coach.  In fact, some coaches including Baltimore Ravens (now NYJ head coach) coach, Rex Ryan have even studied coach Leabeau’s defensive schemes and reused it within their own defensive schemes.  Lebeau has been praised by former NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst as saying “Dick LeBeau is arguably the best ever to coach defense. … He has done it on such a consistent basis over a long period of time.”

Note to Steelers players…. Let’s win Super Bowl XLIII for Coach Dick Lebeau!

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