5 most underrated Steelers offensive players since 2000

Rashard Mendenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antwaan Randle El (82). Mandatory Credit: George Gojkovich-Getty Images /

4. Antwaan Randle El

Antwaan Randle El is one of the most underrated wide receivers in Steelers history. While he only spent five years in the black and gold and was never a featured player on the offense, his role as a gadget player, as well as a punt returner made him an extremely valuable piece for the Pittsburgh team.

According to Pro Football Reference, he had 184 catches for 2,265 yards and seven touchdowns as a receiver in his Steelers career. In addition to his work as a receiver, he added 4 punt return touchdowns and a kick return touchdown as a Steeler.

However, his most famous play as a Steeler was not as a receiver or as a returner. In Super Bowl XL, the Pittsburgh Steelers faced the Seattle Seahawks, and thanks in large part to Randle El they came out victorious. On a trick play in this game, Randle El took a shot deep down the field and completed a 43-yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward, who was named the Super Bowl MVP.

The former college quarterback had a knack for coming up clutch with trick plays, as he had four regular-season touchdown passes as a Steeler, and tacked on the play of the game in the Super Bowl. While Randle El wasn’t the most electrifying receiver in Steelers’ history, he was a steady option, who provided plenty of additional value, which is why he deserves much more recognition.