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Ward's goal is not to be like Favre

Posted on: June 25, 2011 3:03 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2011 5:56 pm
WardPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Steelers WR Hines Ward will enter his 14th season in the NFL this year. He’s a four-time Pro Bowler who ranks in the top 20 all time in career receptions (eighth with 954) and receiving TDs (19th with 83) -- he also ranks 21st in receiving yards -- and, strangely enough, ranks No. 3 all-time with five two-point conversions made.

He’s got a pretty good case for the Hall of Fame, and he’s still one of the toughest (or dirtiest, depending on your perspective) players in the NFL. Plus, he’s not a bad dancer.

But Ward isn’t ready to give up on pro football yet. And he got pretty good advice from a Hall of Famer who told Ward to play as long as possible.

"Deion Sanders told me, he said, 'Play 'til the wheels fall off, because once it's gone, it's gone,’” Ward said earlier this month on the NFL Network, via USA Today. “You don't want to miss a day wondering if I still could have played.

"I'm gonna play as long as the Pittsburgh Steelers want me to play. I don't want to play for any other team. And, you know, if God's willing -- if I stay healthy, I stay in shape -- I'll play a couple more years."

Coming off a season in which he caught 59 passes for 755 yards and five touchdowns -- it was his worst season in a decade, but it’s not like he was a terrible player or anything; he’s still pretty damn good -- there’s no reason to retire if he feels like he can still contribute to his team.

But Ward also doesn’t want to be wishy-washy about his future plans once he questions whether he should continue on with his career.

"I definitely don't want to be Brett Favre," Ward said, chuckling.

We’ll assume he’s referring to Favre’s inability to make a decision regarding retirement and not, um, other extracurricular activities (though Ward would be better off not engaging in the latter either).

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Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2011 5:24 pm

Ward's goal is not to be like Favre

Ward was only fined a handful of times in 2010 and although getting a few personal foul penalties, most of them were for late hits, not illegal hits.

I know it was a few years ago, but during Keith Rivers rookie season, Hines Ward made it a short season when he made a devastating blind-side block on the first-rounder, breaking Rivers' jaw.

While the hit was not penalized, it did cause an NFL rule change against types of blocks that receivers can use on defensive players.Ward just wants to make sure that he gets the first shot in. "I'm not going to wait around until you hit me," Ward said.

Steelers fans would say that Ward is playing hard, other people might disagree, calling him a cheap shot artist.

“We saw some of those plays, like in the Ravens game, he’s out there hitting Dawan Landry in the back, he came across and hit Ray Lewis in the back,” Jets' safety Eric Smith said.

“Ed Reed was 30 yards downfield and he’s going down and hitting him.  It’s just unnecessary things like that that make you mad as a defender.”

After Hines Ward's block on Keith Rivers broke the linebacker's jaw, the NFL passed a new rule mandating blocking tactics.

The so-called "Hines Ward Rule" made it illegal for offensive players to lead with the head or helmet on blindside blocks, targeting a defender's head or neck area.

Is he a dirty player? I think that he's the type of player you want on your team but if he's playing on the opposite side, you can't help but hate the guy. His constant smiling annoys people, me included. But, he does what needs to be done to win football games.

Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: June 25, 2011 3:22 pm

Ward's goal is not to be like Favre

I am fairly confident that Hines Ward is not near the tool Brett Favre is, so he need not worry about being a BF.  His statment that he wants to only play for Pittsburgh will kind of guarantee he won't be pulling a "Favre".

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