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Hines Ward to retire?

Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:14 am
 

Did Hines Ward play his last game? It appears he might have. A Steelers player texted to me the expectations around the team was that Ward would soon announce his retirement. That doesn't mean it's set he will. That means some Steelers players believe it which means it's likely to happen.

Ward is a different sort of dude. He could decide to hang on for one more year. But for the moment that doesn't seem to be the case.

Ward is clearly done physically. He just doesn't have the burst he once did. He was held without a catch against the Broncos and has become an afterthought in the Pittsburgh offense.

Yet, to me, he's a sure Hall of Famer. He became only the eighth wide receiver to reach 1,000 catches, had a lengthy and productive career, and won championships. He was one of the toughest receivers I've ever seen.

And it appears we've seen the last of Ward in the NFL.

Category: NFL
Tags: NFL, Steelers
 
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brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:29 pm
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Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:26 pm
 

Hines Ward to retire?

Hines Ward was a great player and I enjoyed watching him play the game.  He was tough, worked hard and was a true professional.

He has done some great things for people outside of football.  He was not a loud mouth running his mouth. He did not have any major off field problems and he seemed like a great teammate.

I wish Ward the best in whatever he choses next to do in life.




Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:19 pm
 

Hines Ward to retire?

LeBeau really designed a defense to stop Tebow and Harrison struck fear into Tebow

There was no stopping Timmy, he was going to win because you can't fight fate. Anyone notice how Tebow threw for 316 yards on 10 completions, that averages to 31.6 yards per completion.
Anyone know what John 3:16 says? Yes, that's exactly what it says.  



brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:16 pm
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Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:16 pm
 

Hines Ward to retire?

The Steelers have been and still are a good team and a good organization.  But to act like they do not spend money is crazy.  With a salary cap there is also a floor and after the last CBA, all teams are spending between around 95% to 100% of the cap.  Where the Steelers and a few others do it better is drafting and using their money to retain their players they want to keep.  Washington, NY, Dallas get headlines for signing free agents.  Pittsburgh is well over the cap for next year and will have to rework some contracts and/or get younger at certain positions.  It happens to all teams.  Fortunately Pittsburgh has their franchise QB.  They will be competitive for years to come.

As for Hines, I think any fan being honest, would wish they had a Hines Ward on their team.


DawgMeat
Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:15 pm
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Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:13 pm
 

Hines Ward to retire?

Hines Ward, class act, a gentleman and a fierce competitor. HOFer, maybe not 1st ballot, but is HOF worthy. He's perfect for coaching, would be a great WR coach.



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:11 pm
 

Hines Ward to retire?

DISAPOINTING but hey if he thinks he cant do it anymore more power to him



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:10 pm
 

Hines Ward to retire?

Not  Steelers fan but Ward was a hard nosed warrior over the years and one of the last of the old school players. Thanks for the highlights.



Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:53 pm
 

Hines Ward to retire?

no regrets "brokski" seen them win 3 Super Bowls in my lifetime.  40 years and counting for you.  youve got nothing (besides your shrunken testies of course)


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