Antwaan Randle El To Coach Lions Wide Receivers

The former NFL wide receiver is coming off a Super Bowl win with the Buccaneers as an offensive assistant

The Detroit Lions have again hired a former NFL player to help round out their pool of assistant coaches, hiring Antwaan Randle El to lead the team’s wide receivers.

Randle El was an offensive assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the past couple of seasons, helping the team win Super Bowl LV over the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this month.


Antwaan Randle El is coming off Super Bowl LV as an offensive assistant for the Buccaneers. Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The now 41-year-old coach played nine NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington, appearing in 143 games with 71 starts. He caught 370 passes for 4,467 yards and 15 touchdowns. He was also a returning specialist for much of his career, with 26 returns for 288 yards and a touchdown.

Randle El played quarterback at the college level for Indiana.

After his retirement from the NFL, he became an athletic director for Virginia Academy, a high school that he helped get going. So in 2019, he decided to dedicate himself to directing.

Randle El becomes the latest NFL player to join the Lions coaching staff alongside head coach Dan Campbell, offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn, quarterback coach Mark Brunell, assistant head coach / coach from running backs Duce Staley, offensive line coach Hank Fraley and defensive assistant Kelvin Sheppard.

Campbell said it was not his intention to assemble his group of assistants that way.

Dan Campbell said he never set out to arm a group of assistants with just former NFL players. Getty Images

“I didn’t start this thinking I was just going to sign former players. That never really crossed my mind,” Campbell said. “In my head, he said, who is the best guy I know and who is an outstanding teacher and coach. That was the criteria. That’s right, those were always the standards that I set for myself and I swore that I would never hire the coach first. and second to the person, I hired the person first, and the coach second.

“So I refused to, here’s what I know, I refused to hire my friends who are average coaches or the guy I owe but he’s an average coach, but a great person. Because that’s how you become average. Which, it was a bonus that I met AG. It was a bonus that I met A-Lynn, because they are amazing humans who are great coaches and so I just started this by literally saying, ‘Where do I find the best? How do I find the best? Who are the best? ‘”