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fordfixer
05-06-2009, 12:16 AM
Black and gold in Ward's blood
Tuesday, May 5, 2009

http://news.steelers.com/article/105398/

By Teresa Varley
Steelers.com
Hines Ward knows that in today’s NFL it’s a rarity for someone to play their entire career with one team. And now he has the perfect opportunity to buck the trend and do just that.

“Not too many guys in this league, especially during free agency time, can say they got drafted by a team, started with them and were able to finish their career here,” said Ward. “It’s a big honor. Now I have that opportunity. I couldn't even see myself in another uniform but a Steeler uniform.”

Ward was entering the final year of his contract, but pretty much secured retiring in a Steelers uniform when he signed an extension that will keep him with the team for five more seasons.

“It’s real good to have it done,” said Ward. “You can go into training camp and not have to worry if you are going to be here next year or not. There is still a lot of football left in me. I am not ready to give it up yet.

“The commitment they made to me giving me an extension, they saw something they really liked. They put trust in me that I will be a quality player the next few years. I am happy. I think both teams are happy. Now we can move forward and make more runs at the Super Bowl.”

Ward has set every Steelers record, surpassing Hall of Fame wide receivers Lynn Swann and John Stallworth along the way. But he still has goals he wants to attain. He would like to reach 10,000 yards for his career, and is only 220 yards shy of that.

“It’s crazy, I have 800 catches and almost 10,000 yards and to do it for the best organization in the NFL, I never would have envisioned that,” said Ward. “To be able to surpass the greats in Stallworth and Swann, what more can you ask for out of a career.”

What could be in the asking for Ward is a few more Super Bowl rings. Ward would love nothing more than to do what the Steelers of the 70’s did, winning four Super Bowl titles. And he will give his all to accomplish that.

“My job is to go out there and continue to play hard,” said Ward. “When I leave this game I want the Steelers Nation to say he was one of the great players to wear the uniform.

papillon
05-06-2009, 12:34 AM
This member of SteelerNation says..."Hines Ward was one of the greatest players to wear the Steeler uniform!"

Pappy

fordfixer
05-06-2009, 12:35 AM
This member of SteelerNation says..."Hines Ward was one of the greatest players to wear the Steeler uniform!"

Pappy
:Agree :tt1 :tt1 :tt1

stlrz d
05-06-2009, 12:49 AM
http://portal.duf.hu/img/upload/200801/telephone.jpg

Mr. Ward, it's the HoF calling...they say they'll hold as long as it takes. :tt2

MeetJoeGreene
05-06-2009, 08:12 AM
Hines is the epitome of what it means to be a Steeler.

AngryAsian
05-06-2009, 08:25 AM
Hines is the epitome of what it means to be a Steeler.


Speak it, brother MJG.

Oviedo
05-06-2009, 08:31 AM
Hines is the epitome of what it means to be a Steeler.

Bettis and Hines are example of character in a professional athlete. They are what makes the Steelers who they are and what drives there success. And then you HAD Alan Faneca :stirpot What a clear illustration of how it should be and shouldn't be.

proudpittsburgher
05-06-2009, 09:45 AM
Hines is the epitome of what it means to be a Steeler.

Bettis and Hines are example of character in a professional athlete. They are what makes the Steelers who they are and what drives there success. And then you HAD Alan Faneca :stirpot What a clear illustration of how it should be and shouldn't be.


And then there are those like Mark Madden who continues to call him Wines Hard. While funny, it's just not right.

Oviedo
05-06-2009, 09:54 AM
Hines is the epitome of what it means to be a Steeler.

Bettis and Hines are example of character in a professional athlete. They are what makes the Steelers who they are and what drives there success. And then you HAD Alan Faneca :stirpot What a clear illustration of how it should be and shouldn't be.


And then there are those like Mark Madden who continues to call him Wines Hard. While funny, it's just not right.

You can't use the word "Mark Madden" and credibility in the same sentence. maden is just an attention, seeking blow hard who says things to get a rise out of people. His knowledge of sports is probably less than most members of this board.

proudpittsburgher
05-06-2009, 10:14 AM
Hines is the epitome of what it means to be a Steeler.

Bettis and Hines are example of character in a professional athlete. They are what makes the Steelers who they are and what drives there success. And then you HAD Alan Faneca :stirpot What a clear illustration of how it should be and shouldn't be.


And then there are those like Mark Madden who continues to call him Wines Hard. While funny, it's just not right.

You can't use the word "Mark Madden" and credibility in the same sentence. maden is just an attention, seeking blow hard who says things to get a rise out of people. His knowledge of sports is probably less than most members of this board.

Careful, I wouldn't doubt he IS a member on this board.

Slapstick
05-06-2009, 10:56 AM
Careful, I wouldn't doubt he IS a member on this board.

1) Why be careful? What'll he do about anything?

and

B) I hope that he IS a member...maybe he'll learn something...

RuthlessBurgher
05-06-2009, 12:23 PM
I swore that I would never buy the a Steeler jersey of an offensive player. The Steelers have always been, and will always be, about hard-hitting defense above all else. However, then Hines Ward came along. Dude is a linebacker who just happens to play wide receiver. When it came time to update my old Lloyd jersey, I bought a black Ward for myself and a white Ward for my father. I wore my Ward jersey proudly at both SBXL and SBXLIII.

stlrz d
05-06-2009, 12:41 PM
I swore that I would never buy the a Steeler jersey of an offensive player. The Steelers have always been, and will always be, about hard-hitting defense above all else. However, then Hines Ward came along. Dude is a linebacker who just happens to play wide receiver. When it came time to update my old Lloyd jersey, I bought a black Ward for myself and a white Ward for my father. I wore my Ward jersey proudly at both SBXL and SBXLIII.

Will you be wearing it to XLIV too? :)

RuthlessBurgher
05-06-2009, 01:17 PM
I swore that I would never buy the a Steeler jersey of an offensive player. The Steelers have always been, and will always be, about hard-hitting defense above all else. However, then Hines Ward came along. Dude is a linebacker who just happens to play wide receiver. When it came time to update my old Lloyd jersey, I bought a black Ward for myself and a white Ward for my father. I wore my Ward jersey proudly at both SBXL and SBXLIII.

Will you be wearing it to XLIV too? :)

Miami or Bust, baby! When my brother and I went down for the game in Tampa, we stayed with my aunt who lives just outside of West Palm Beach. We had about a 3 hour drive across the state (which I didn't mind, since I have a 5 hour drive to Pittsburgh for games). She is closer to Miami than Tampa, though, so she should expect visitors around the same time in 2010.

Oviedo
05-06-2009, 01:33 PM
I swore that I would never buy the a Steeler jersey of an offensive player. The Steelers have always been, and will always be, about hard-hitting defense above all else. However, then Hines Ward came along. Dude is a linebacker who just happens to play wide receiver. When it came time to update my old Lloyd jersey, I bought a black Ward for myself and a white Ward for my father. I wore my Ward jersey proudly at both SBXL and SBXLIII.

Will you be wearing it to XLIV too? :)

Miami or Bust, baby! When my brother and I went down for the game in Tampa, we stayed with my aunt who lives just outside of West Palm Beach. We had about a 3 hour drive across the state (which I didn't mind, since I have a 5 hour drive to Pittsburgh for games). She is closer to Miami than Tampa, though, so she should expect visitors around the same time in 2010.

The Steelers Nation and Florida in winter. Could anything be better?

SanAntonioSteelerFan
05-06-2009, 01:58 PM
I swore that I would never buy the a Steeler jersey of an offensive player. The Steelers have always been, and will always be, about hard-hitting defense above all else. However, then Hines Ward came along. Dude is a linebacker who just happens to play wide receiver. When it came time to update my old Lloyd jersey, I bought a black Ward for myself and a white Ward for my father. I wore my Ward jersey proudly at both SBXL and SBXLIII.

I never bought a Jersey until a few years ago, and it was #86 (black of course ... this was before Superbowl XL when black was still the only magical color).

I'm SO glad he's sticking around a few years more!

(Bought my son a #43)

RuthlessBurgher
05-06-2009, 03:07 PM
I swore that I would never buy the a Steeler jersey of an offensive player. The Steelers have always been, and will always be, about hard-hitting defense above all else. However, then Hines Ward came along. Dude is a linebacker who just happens to play wide receiver. When it came time to update my old Lloyd jersey, I bought a black Ward for myself and a white Ward for my father. I wore my Ward jersey proudly at both SBXL and SBXLIII.

I never bought a Jersey until a few years ago, and it was #86 (black of course ... this was before Superbowl XL when black was still the only magical color).

I'm SO glad he's sticking around a few years more!

(Bought my son a #43)

My son has a black #43 as well (doesn't look quite the same with short, straight blonde hair instead of long, dark, curly locks)

SteelerOfDeVille
05-06-2009, 03:39 PM
So, here goes for the non-pc thought... he's bi-racial... he really does have black and gold in his blood.. :shock:

Slapstick
05-06-2009, 03:56 PM
So, here goes for the non-pc thought... he's bi-racial... he really does have black and gold in his blood.. :shock:

As I have said many times...(also non-pc)

"Hines Ward is the greatest half-black/half-Korean football player EVER!!!"

calmkiller
05-06-2009, 09:29 PM
So, here goes for the non-pc thought... he's bi-racial... he really does have black and gold in his blood.. :shock:

As I have said many times...(also non-pc)

"Hines Ward is the greatest half-black/half-Korean football player EVER!!!"

Thats funny right there.