Antwaan Randle El, Former Redskins and Steelers WR, Wishes He Never Played Football

Adam Caparell, Complex

If he had to do it all over again, Antwaan Randle El would have played baseball instead. 

The former Redskins and Steelers wide receiver says he regrets playing professional football since at the age 36 and five years removed from his last game, he's been physically debilitated by the game he still loves. 

"If I could go back, I wouldn’t,” Randle El told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “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.”

Randle El called it quits after the 2010 season and now serves as the athletic director of a Virginia Christian school he helped found. But despite being so young, football has left him with memory issues and the inability to go down a flight of stairs without pain. He's worried the game's physical toll will only increase as athletes become bigger, faster, and stronger.

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