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Bucs hire Antwaan Randle El and Cody Grimm as assistant coaches on Bruce Arians’ staff

Arians is known for giving former players their first chance to coach in the NFL
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antwaan Randle El has joined the Bucs staff as an assistant coach. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antwaan Randle El has joined the Bucs staff as an assistant coach. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Published Jan. 15, 2019

TAMPA —Antwaan Randle El pulled off one of the greatest trick plays in NFL history, throwing a game-clinching, 43-yard reverse touchdown pass to Hines Ward in the fourth quarter of the Steelers win over Seattle in Super Bowl XL.

But after his playing days, he largely disappeared from the league —until now.

Randle El and former Bucs safety Cody Grimm agreed to terms Tuesday to be part of the Bucs coaching staff under head coach Bruce Arians.

Randle El, 39, has been working as the athletic director for Virginia Academy, a private school in Loudoun County, Va. He will serve as a defense and special teams assistant coach for the Bucs.

Grimm, 31, was a seventh-round pick by the Bucs in 2010 and played three seasons in the NFL, recording 73 tackles with two interceptions, including one for a touchdown. He has been serving as an assistant on the Virginia Tech coaching staff. He will work for the Bucs as a defense/special teams assistant.

Credit Arians for his penchant of taking former NFL players with a legitimate interest in coaching and giving them an opportunity. It's similar to what he did for former Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich, who joined the Arizona Cardinals staff several years ago and is now the Bucs' offensive coordinator.

Arians was Randle El's wide receivers coach with the Steelers. A quarterback at Indiana, Randle El played nine seasons for the Steelers and Redskins, catching 370 career passes for 4,467 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also had more than 4,400 kick return yards in his NFL career.