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Catching Up With Antwaan Randle El

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on March 7, 2014 – 2:18 pm

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The E-L in Antwaan Randle El’s foundation stands for more than his name.

“Everlasting love, baby!” the former Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver explained before appearing on “Redskins Nation” with Larry Michael.

Since retiring from the NFL in 2012, Randle El kept his home in the Commonwealth and showed Loudoun County the love.

In addition to his work with The El Foundation – which works for underserved youth in the greater Washington, D.C. area, Pittsburgh and Chicago – Randle El took a job as athletic director, coach and mentor at Virginia Academy when the private school created a high school curriculum last year.

After he gave Michael his opinions on DeAngelo Hall and Brian Orakpo, Randle El caught up with me about his career after pro football. Read more »

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Alexander Hosting 4th Bowling Tourney

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 6, 2012 – 7:36 pm

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If you think Lorenzo Alexander is a fierce competitor on the football field, then you should see him at the bowling alley.

Alexander — the Redskins’ middle linebacker and special teams standout — will be hosting his fourth annual Lorenzo Alexander ACES Foundation Celebrity Bowling event at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at 300 Shady Grove in Gaithersburg, Md.

The event will feature your favorite Redskins players bowling with raffle prizes, a silent auction, food and non-alcoholic beverages.

This year, the event is being co-hosted by former Redskins wide receiver Antwaan Randle El, as the funds collected will help both Alexander’s ACES Foundation and Randle El’s El Foundation scholarship funds for Washington, D.C., metro-area students.

Both foundations “strive to provide life-changing opportunities for youth” by inspiring students to obtain higher education, maintain a strong family unit and give back to their communities, according to Alexander’s website.

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2012 Redskins Player For A Day

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 18, 2012 – 4:37 pm

Several area businessmen and businesswomen ditched their suits Friday afternoon to try their hand at becoming a member of the Washington Redskins.

The 2012 Washington Redskins Player For A Day program gave participants a chance to sign a one-day contract with the team and go through three stations with current and former Redskins players at Redskins Park.

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Antwaan Randle El Discusses His Ex-Teammate, Now Coach

Posted by Matt Terl on February 2, 2010 – 3:52 pm

It’s been noted that the Redskins have something of a history of hiring their coaches’ sons; apparently the current regime is instituting a new tradition: hiring the players’ ex-teammates to coach them. It seems a little unusual to me, but it works out well for blogging purposes.

I’ve already talked to Mike Williams about Kyle Shanahan, with whom he and Derrick Dockery were college teammates. Today’s announcement of Keenan McCardell as new wide receivers coach meant that I was able to ask Antwaan Randle El about the above picture of McCardell apparently doing the whole “coach on the field” thing during his 2007 final stint with the Redskins. Read more »

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Coach Zorn Discusses Antwaan Randle El Some More

Posted by Matt Terl on December 16, 2009 – 3:43 pm

Antwaan Randle El‘s punt returns this year have been disappointing, to say this least. Heading into the Oakland game, he had thirteen returns for 58 yards — a 4.5 average — with two fumbles and seventeen fair catches, numbers that left people fairly disappointed.

In Sunday’s game, things got even worse. The Raiders punted the ball six times. Two of those were for touchbacks. One more was downed after Randle El misjudged its landing spot and let it roll eighteen yards into Redskins territory. Randle El fair-caught another one. Of the remaining two punts, Randle El received both of them, for 0 yards and one fumble. This left people even more disappointed, and left Randle El’s statistics even more ravaged.

On his radio show this week, head coach Jim Zorn promised “some adjustments,” and during his chat with the media today he went into that issue in a little more depth.
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Redskins Distribute (And Discuss) Coats

Posted by Matt Terl on December 15, 2009 – 11:02 am

It’s the holiday season, so I’ll be heading out to a Santa-themed charitable event at FedExField today. But Antwaan Randle El was ahead of that curve: on Friday, his El Foundation partnered with the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation to hold his “Randle El Warms Up Washington’s Youth” event at a local Macy’s, giving away 300 coats to underserved area youth alongside a bunch of his teammates.

December in this area isn’t all holiday cheer; we all know how bitterly cold it can get. So the gift of winter coats is a valuable one, something Randle El understands. “They certainly deserve these coats and need these coats,” he said Friday. “And it’s a good thing. It not only warms their bodies with the coats, it warms their hearts too knowing that somebody is thinking of them.”

But we all know that — even for kids who need them — coats are about more than just warmth. There are all sorts of style and status implications of a new coat, or at least there were back in the day.

“My favorite coat growing up was the Starter coat,” Randle El said. “I never had a Starter coat, but that was the coat I wanted. I would’ve wanted the Chicago Bears Starter coat. I never got one, but that’s the one I would want.”

He wasn’t the only one who had that response.

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Monday, December 7: Update On Antwaan Randle El's Injury, Weird Bike

Posted by Matt Terl on December 7, 2009 – 2:11 pm

Antwaan Randle El had a pretty solid receiving day yesterday, four catches for 73 yards including one gorgeous 44-yarder that drove him from the game with a pretty frightening looking shoulder injury. Well, the shoulder injury turned out to be a minor separation, and head coach Jim Zorn today said that Randle El will be fine.

Which is good, because it also means that he hasn’t managed to kill himself driving his crazy three-wheeled bike thing. I wrote about this before, but now the Military Times has video, so I figured I’d share that as well. (I’m not sure WHY the Military Times is interested, but there you go.) It’s worth watching; the vehicle is even weirder when you see it in motion.

More from Zorn’s day-after-the-staggeringly-depressing-defeat press conference in a little bit.

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Punt Returner Situation Remains Unsettled

Posted by Matt Terl on November 4, 2009 – 4:51 pm

Around noon on Monday, reports surfaced via Rick Maese’s Twitter that DeAngelo Hall would be the primary punt returner for the Redskins, replacing Antwaan Randle El. By a little more than an hour later, Ryan O’Halloran was tweeting a conflicting report — one that squared with what I had been told here at Redskins Park — that both Hall and Randle El would be involved in the return game, along with Santana Moss.

Randle El talked about this during open locker room today, and he wasn’t particularly happy about the change, and he was doubly unhappy that he had learned about it via questions from reporters.

“I gotta find out the logistics of it myself in terms of the punt return,” Randle El said. “My whole thing is I’m still gonna … you know, given the opportunity, when I get the chance, I gotta go out and be little more productive, but, you know, it’s not always just one guy there. So it’s just a matter of … you take it as it is: go out and play when you get your opportunity and be thankful for it and make the best of it.”

A reporter mentioned that he didn’t look thrilled about this change. “Not at all,” Randle El responded. “But that’s part of it sometimes.”

In case that wasn’t clear enough, another reporter asked if this was a tough pill for Randle El to swallow. “Little bit,” he said.

Later in the day, speaking after practice — and, apparently, after a meeting with Randle El — head coach Jim Zorn clarified the situation. Mostly.
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Players Generally Pleased By Zorn News

Posted by Matt Terl on October 23, 2009 – 9:24 am

With Vinny Cerrato confirming that Jim Zorn will remain as head coach for the rest of the year and “hopefully into the future” (which conjures up images of Zorn standing on the sidelines in a jetpack and a shiny silver jumpsuit coaching the robots from the old Cyberball arcade game), I was interested to hear what the players had to say.

As a rule, players aren’t used to being asked for comment on things at 9:00 in the morning as they wait to go to meetings, but the general sense of the guys I talked to was relief, and hope that maybe this would drastically reduce the soap opera quotient of the workweek.

“It’s good news, and it’s comforting,” Antwaan Randle El said. “I mean, that’s one thing you always look at in terms of a team: you want to BUILD a team, and it’s hard to do it in a year and a half span. If he was to be let go now or in the next couple of games or something, it would just be almost all for nothing. So it’s just good to hear that he’s here and we can kinda rest our hat on that a little bit.” Read more »

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Antwaan Randle El Talks About NOT Catching A Pass

Posted by Matt Terl on September 15, 2009 – 3:09 pm

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was one of the offensive bright spots for the Redskins on Sunday. Playing largely from his more natural slot position, Randle El caught 7 passes for 98 yards. Talking to the media on Monday, he found himself about where you’d expect: pleased that he did well; disappointed that the team didn’t win.

“We left some stuff out there,” he said. “When Jason [Campbell] got the ball knocked out, we had open guys. The deep guy was covered but the underneath guy was open. In the redzone, they all-out-blitzed us and we didn’t get it off quick enough.”

Which was interesting and all, but — now that Randle El had converted his strong training camp into a solid start to the regular season — I was curious enough to ask him about his biggest miss of the preseason, the long pass from Campbell in Jacksonville that went straight through his hands. Read more »

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