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PSU_dropout43
04-15-2010, 10:54 PM
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Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward said he is "discouraged" by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's off-the-field conduct and called some recent incidents "unfortunate" for the Steelers organization.

"I'm not really disappointed in anything," Ward said this afternoon. "I'm discouraged a little bit because the Pittsburgh Steelers come with a high level. Expectations are high. It's unfortunate that our organization has to be in the news like this."

Ward's comments came during a brief media interview session following a question and answer period with 40 student/athletes as part of a Gatorade promotion at North Hills High School.

Ward also indicated that, if the Steelers win the Super Bowl, he would retire after the season. During his 40-minute Q&A session with North Hills football players, the 13-year veteran said his career would be complete with another ring.

"If I win three Super Bowls, I'm retiring," Ward said. "I'm telling you that right now."

Ward said, if he had his way, troubled wide receiver Santonio Holmes would still be on the Steelers, but he supports any actions taken by the Rooney family and/or the NFL.

"It's an unfortunate incident and I would have loved for him to stay, but it's not my team," Ward said. "Who am I to question Mr. Rooney and the Pittsburgh Steelers? They have been doing this thing for a lot of years. They felt it was best for Santonio and best for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Whatever choices they make, they have our support."

Ward, the team's all-time leading receiver, is confident his teammates can fill the void created when Holmes was traded to the New York Jets for a fifth-round draft pick.

"It's unfortunate that Santonio is no longer with us," Ward said. "(But) Mike Wallace had a tremendous rookie year and now he's going to get more opportunities to become that guy. ...Yes, we're young. But, at the same time, that's my job as a leader. I've been in this game a long time and I've seen a lot of players come and go. I'm up for the challenge."

Ward, speaking publicly about Roethlisberger for the first time since Georgia officials decided not to pursue any charges in the alleged sexual assault last month of a 20-year-old college student, said the Steelers' expectations remain the same.

"One thing about us is that we're a close-knit family," he said. "We are going to rally behind each other and support each other. Whatever decision that Mr. Rooney or the league makes, we are going to abide by it and move on. It's not going to change the way we approach things. It's not going to change the expectation level. Our goal is still to win the Super Bowl."

hawaiiansteel
04-15-2010, 10:59 PM
I love Hines Ward.

I hope he retires at the end of the next season with his 3 Super Bowl rings... :tt2 :tt2 :tt2

stlrz d
04-15-2010, 11:01 PM
I love Hines Ward.

I hope he retires at the end of the next season with his 3 Super Bowl rings... :tt2 :tt2 :tt2

I hope he gets 3, changes his mind and decides to go for 4. :D

papillon
04-15-2010, 11:03 PM
"I'm not really disappointed in anything," Ward said this afternoon. "I'm discouraged a little bit because the Pittsburgh Steelers come with a high level. Expectations are high. It's unfortunate that our organization has to be in the news like this."

He probably felt like the Steelers were close enough to compete for the title again, but knows they need Ben and he also knows that Ben is going to miss some time and that's why he's discouraged and not disappointed. Just my opinion about his statement.

Pappy

hawaiiansteel
04-15-2010, 11:22 PM
I love Hines Ward.

I hope he retires at the end of the next season with his 3 Super Bowl rings... :tt2 :tt2 :tt2

I hope he gets 3, changes his mind and decides to go for 4. :D



better yet! :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2

Oviedo
04-16-2010, 08:45 AM
I think that Hines Ward is brilliant. He has just given all his teammates something to rally around and to deflect their attention from Big Dumb Ben.

He is laying the foundation for a rally cry of "Do it for Hines" versus "Can we do it without Ben"

Brilliant leadership.

Iron Shiek
04-16-2010, 08:56 AM
Yeah, I agree. Hines must become the focal point of this season and like you all have said, giving the team a positive theme to rally around.

Joking around here, but when I read this statement below, all I could think of was Rafael Palmeiro wagging his finger at Congress about steroids then getting busted for it. Can you imagine if after saying this, he did something totally stupid? Why did this even pop into my head! Dammit.


"I'm discouraged a little bit because the Pittsburgh Steelers come with a high level. Expectations are high. It's unfortunate that our organization has to be in the news like this."

MeetJoeGreene
04-16-2010, 09:40 AM
I think that Hines Ward is brilliant. He has just given all his teammates something to rally around and to deflect their attention from Big Dumb Ben.

He is laying the foundation for a rally cry of "Do it for Hines" versus "Can we do it without Ben"

Brilliant leadership.


Good call.

steelblood
04-16-2010, 11:53 AM
Hines Ward is Steelers Football. Always has been. He made Santonio a complete player.

proudpittsburgher
04-16-2010, 12:00 PM
I would love for Ward to retire (which means we won the SB again :tt1 ) and stay on to coach the recievers. He has a lot to teach young recievers, starting with Mike Wallace. Remember, Ward was a QB in college, so he has gained a lot of knowlege over the years on how to succeed as a reciever in the NFL without just havign the pure abilities. Plus, he epitomizes what it is to be a Pittsburgh Steeler.

RuthlessBurgher
04-17-2010, 12:35 AM
I would love for Ward to retire (which means we won the SB again :tt1 ) and stay on to coach the recievers. He has a lot to teach young recievers, starting with Mike Wallace. Remember, Ward was a QB in college, so he has gained a lot of knowlege over the years on how to succeed as a reciever in the NFL without just havign the pure abilities. Plus, he epitomizes what it is to be a Pittsburgh Steeler.

They don't NEED another WR right now for this season. They could get by with Ward and Wallace as the starters, Randle El in the slot as your 3rd WR, and then Battle and Sweed battling it out for the 4th/5th slot. But they could certainly use another young WR to team up with Wallace in the future when Hines hangs 'em up. The reason that I think they are looking at guys like Bryant, Benn, Tate, etc. now (when we have more immediate needs elsewhere) is that a rookie WR can benefit from having time with Hines as a teammate. The more time a young wideout can spend with Hines, the more likely he develops into a Steeler-type WR.

Discipline of Steel
04-17-2010, 12:13 PM
I would love for Ward to retire (which means we won the SB again :tt1 ) and stay on to coach the recievers. He has a lot to teach young recievers, starting with Mike Wallace. Remember, Ward was a QB in college, so he has gained a lot of knowlege over the years on how to succeed as a reciever in the NFL without just havign the pure abilities. Plus, he epitomizes what it is to be a Pittsburgh Steeler.

Id say his statement increases the probability that he will retire after this season even if we dont win the SB. We currently have 2 young'uns (Wallace, Sweeeeed) but drafting another this WR next weekend would be smart to get him at least a year of 'Hines Time'.