Antwaan Randle El Honored (1-16-04)
January 16, 2004
Bloomington, Ind. - Former Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El, the only player in NCAA Division I-A football history to pass for more than 7,000 yards and rush for more than 3,500 yards in his collegiate career, will be recognized at halftime of Saturday's Indiana-Northwestern basketball game at Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall (2:07 p.m., ESPN Regional). Randle El's No. 11 jersey will forever be called an honor jersey for future football players that earn the right to wear it. This No. 11 jersey will reside in the Memorial Stadium Football Complex for players and fans to appreciate, and for future student-athletes to aspire to.
Randle El closed his Hoosier career in 2001 by finishing sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting, winning The Chicago Tribune's Silver Football award as the Big Ten's Most Valuable Player, and the Big Ten's Offensive Player-of-the-Year as selected by Big Ten media and coaches. He rushed for more yards than any quarterback in NCAA Division I-A history and in 44 career games passed for 7,469 yards and 42 touchdowns and rushed for 3,895 yards and 44 scores.
Randle El ranks among the top six on the NCAA Division I-A total yardage list and is the only player in major college football history to record at least 2,500 total offensive yards in four straight seasons. Randle El is the first player in NCAA football history to pass for 40 touchdowns and score 40 touchdowns in a career.
A second round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2002, Randle El made an immediate impact on coach Bill Cowher's club, catching 47 passes for 489 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie. He also established himself as one of the NFL's most electrifying kick returners, as his 22.9 kick return average included a 99-yard return for a touchdown at Cincinnati on Oct. 13, 2002.
Randle El did not slow down in his second season with the Steelers, finishing 2003 as the team's fourth-leading receiver (37 catches, 364 yards and two touchdowns). He was second on the team in kickoff returns (24 for 466 yards, 19.4 avg.) and ranked among the NFL's Top 10 in punt returns (45 for 542 yards, 12.0 average and two touchdowns). Randle El's 132 punt return yards against Oakland in Week 14 were the highest single-game total in the league this season. His two punt return touchdowns tied him for the league lead with Kansas City's Dante Hall and marked the first time since 1985 (Louis Lipps) that a Steeler had two punt returns for touchdowns in a season.
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