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Presence of Antwaan Randle El still felt in Steelers locker room

PITTSBURGH -- Antwaan Randle El's explosive comments to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about his life after football have risen to casual restaurant conversation level. He's 36 years old, so to say he should have played baseball because of all the mental and physical effects of playing football has grabbed the interest of non-football fans.

The Steelers were already gone for the offseason when Randle El's comments came out. Coach Mike Tomlin, unaware of the report during his Wednesday news conference, would only say the Steelers "do what's appropriate and then some" to help players.

But Randle El did say something to Antonio Brown, one of the few Steelers that played with him in his final season, 2010.

Hanging inside Brown's locker is a white piece of paper with the Bible verse 1 Corinthians 9:24-26 on it. Randle El gave it to him.

"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone else is running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air."

Brown interprets the verse to mean, "Run with a purpose."