Antwaan Randle El says he regrets playing football, in part because the 36-year-old now has difficulty walking down the stairs.
“I have to come down sideways sometimes, depending on the day,” Randle El said in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story on former Steelers Super Bowl winners. “Going up is easier actually than coming down.”
In a follow-up interview with “The Dan Patrick Show” on Wednesday, Randle El clarified that while he has pain on stairs, he wanted people to know he wasn’t near death as he feared has been portrayed after the story.
“If you’re playing this game of football you have to know what you’re getting yourself into.”
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“It’s real, it is what it is, but I got to preface a couple of things I want people to realize. I’m in no way dying, keeling over, struggling to get around, anything like that,” he said.
“If you look at the article it expresses that sometimes I had these pains when it comes to going up and down the stairs and more importantly down the stairs and sometimes I have to put two feet on a step when I’m going down a step because of the pain I’m experiencing in my knees and in my ankles and in my feet.”