Antwaan Randle El played college basketball, baseball, and soccer for the Indiana University Hoosiers
Antwaan Randle El is a unique football player in that, despite being an exceptional quarterback at Indiana University, he went on to be a highly effective NFL player at wide receiver. It is rare for an athlete to be talented enough to play multiple positions at such a high level. Being able to excel in multiple positions on the soccer field is indicative of an athlete who is capable of excelling in multiple sports.
A little known fact about Randle El is that in addition to his impact on the football field, he found time to contribute to other athletic programs while studying at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. While in college, the high-profile athlete also played on the basketball team for one season under legendary head coach Bobby Knight (1998-1999 season) and even played college baseball in the 2000 season.
Randle El was born in August 1979 and demonstrated his impressive athletic ability at a very young age. Growing up in a predominantly African-American (80%) area of Chicago’s South Side, Randle El was a standout sports star of three for Thornton Township High School in Harvey, Illinois, despite his relatively small size topping out at 5′ 10″ and 190 pounds. While at Thornton Township, the future professional football player dominated his opponents on the gridiron, the field and the baseball diamond. The eventual star quarterback for the Indiana Hoosiers once set a record state in Illinois high school by scoring 69 points in a basketball game and was also drafted by the Chicago Cubs out of high school.
As a football player for the Indiana University Hoosiers, Randle El was considered one of the best offensive players in the tough Big Ten Conference. Despite being undersized for a Division I quarterback in the Big Ten, Randle El masterfully combined passing and running efficiency to help make Indiana one of the best offensive squads in the country. While quarterbacks with the ability to run the ball have historically been present in the game of college football, few have combined the running and passing aspects of the position like Randle El, who would become the first player in the history of the college football in rushing for 40 touchdowns and shooting for 40 touchdowns.
While in Bloomington, Indiana, the star player broke numerous NCAA and team records while en route to being named a first-team All-American quarterback and Big Ten Player of the Year following his senior season. During his four full years as a quarterback at Indiana University, Antwaan Randle El did what no other player had ever done by amassing 2,500 yards of offense four years in a row.
Since leaving college in 2002, Randle El has been a valuable player for both the Pittsburgh Steelers (where he won a Super Bowl) and the Washington Redskins. To utilize his athleticism in addition to normal receiving duties, Antwaan is often asked to return kicks and participate in trick plays where he can show off his passing skills from the wide receiver position.