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fordfixer
07-07-2010, 02:45 AM
Ward keeps plugging along
By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 89262.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_689262.html)

Summer or at least the fun part of it officially ended for Hines Ward on Monday.

From now until July 30, the Steelers' wide receiver will eat nothing but fish, broccoli and fruit. He will work out two times a day to acclimate his body to the grind of training camp. And Ward will log a considerable amount of time in his hyperbaric chamber, which promotes the flow of oxygen throughout the body.

"That's just been the formula I've had success with over the years," said Ward, who plans to report to camp at least five pounds lighter than his listed weight of 205 pounds.

"Every year, the older I get, I want to lose more weight, I want to look better. There's never been a problem with me coming into camp out of shape."

Such drive is a reason why Ward owns most of the Steelers' major receiving records and why the 34-year-old has yet to make any concessions to age.

Ward's motivation is at least one thing coach Mike Tomlin doesn't have to worry about during the rest of what has been a Murphy's Law offseason for the Steelers.

It is a good thing, too, considering how heavily the Steelers may lean on Ward this season.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will miss at least the first four games because of a suspension. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who joined Ward in eclipsing the 1,000-yard receiving mark last season, is in New York following a trade with the Jets.

And the Steelers will be without arguably their top offensive lineman this season after right tackle Willie Colon tore his right Achilles tendon last week while working out.

The Steelers' offseason woes may have folks writing them off before the start of the season, but Ward said that may not be a bad thing.

"It seems like every year we won the Super Bowl, nobody gave us a chance to win the Super Bowl, and when everybody thought we were going to win it, we didn't make the playoffs," Ward said. "We don't buy into all that stuff. Every year we know we have a legitimate chance of making the playoffs. There's teams in the league that can't say that, can't say they have a legitimate chance of winning the Super Bowl. Every year, we have the core group of guys that can get it done."

Ward proved hard to pin down when asked how long he will be a part of that core group of players.

The 13-year veteran does not foresee playing beyond the three years left on his contract, though Ward said hasn't ruled it out either. He could walk away from the game after this season if the Steelers win a Super Bowl, or if the owners lock out the players and there is a protracted labor dispute.

"He'll probably play five more years, knowing Hines," ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski said. "He's got such an incredible love for the game. He just reeks of a passion for the game."

Ward's presence at a recent NFL broadcast boot camp was at least a tacit admission that he will not play football forever. He provided another one during a break at the broadcast camp when Ward said he has started pondering his legacy.

Ward, who is approaching 10,000 yards on receptions, will go down as one of the Steelers' all-time greats.

But Ward knows that winning another Super Bowl could also put him in the rarefied air of John Stallworth and Lynn Swann, both Hall of Famers and owners of four Super Bowl rings.

As for how long he can continue playing at a high level before age compromises what speed he has left, Ward welcomes such questions.

"I understand that perception," said Ward, never a speed burner even when he made the Pro Bowl four consecutive years (2002-05). "That doesn't mean that I can't play football. People are so quick to bury us and put us in an old folks' home like we can't play. I still caught 95 balls (in 2009). How can you explain that? Next year if I only catch 40 balls then you have a legitimate story to write."

Oviedo
07-07-2010, 07:51 AM
I really hope that Hines has one more 90+ catch season in him to help Wallace with the the transition to a bigger role. I am concerned however he may not make that level. I really think that Heath Miller is going to have to pick up ALOT of slack with the departure of Stupidio.

I am somewhat optimistic that Manny Sanders can have a good rookie season and contribute.

flippy
07-07-2010, 07:58 AM
I see Mendy getting about 50+ receptions to pick up some slack.

I like that we have a bunch of WRs and see Ben spreading around the ball.

RuthlessBurgher
07-07-2010, 10:22 AM
Only fish, broccoli, and fruit, eh?

I doubt that Santonio Holmes could keep up with such a diet while waking and baking.

His munchies would more likely lead him down the path of Doritos, Twinkies, and Taco Bell.

flippy
07-07-2010, 10:32 AM
Only fish, broccoli, and fruit, eh?


This has to be to cut weight before camp. There's no way he could eat like this once camp starts or he'd drop too much weight.

steelz09
07-07-2010, 07:26 PM
Not a knock on Ward, because I hope he makes the HOF some day..... but,

Our WR core will be one of the weakest in the league. Terrible decision to get rid of Holmes with such a lack of compensation.

hawaiiansteel
07-07-2010, 07:46 PM
Hines Ward likes being written off

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on July 7, 2010


http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/assets_c/2010/07/H.%20Ward2-thumb-250x185-15341.jpg


Hines Ward, a rare constant in the Steelers passing game, notices a trend with preseason predictions.

"It seems like every year we won the Super Bowl, nobody gave us a chance to win the Super Bowl, and when everybody thought we were going to win it, we didn't make the playoffs," Ward told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The same newspaper called the Steelers a six-win team in a ridiculous column a few days earlier. Ward will use that as motivation, in addition to all the questions about how much longer he wants to play.

"People are so quick to bury us and put us in an old folks' home like we can't play," Ward said. "I still caught 95 balls [in 2009]. How can you explain that? Next year if I only catch 40 balls then you have a legitimate story to write."

With Santonio Holmes off the team, the Steelers need Ward to be a high volume receiver once again. We're not putting him in the old folks home yet.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/20 ... itten-off/ (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/07/07/hines-ward-likes-being-written-off/)

Ozey74
07-07-2010, 08:06 PM
I love Hines on the field, but sometimes I'd wish somebody would put a plug in his yapper off the field.

Crash
07-07-2010, 11:07 PM
I I I I I I I I

The End.

Flasteel
07-07-2010, 11:56 PM
I I I I I I I I

The End.

The word "I" appeared 7 times

The word "we" appeared 8 times

The word "us" appeared 3 times


Your bias against Hines Ward has now been mathematically proven.

RuthlessBurgher
07-08-2010, 10:19 AM
Not a knock on Ward, because I hope he makes the HOF some day..... but,

Our WR core will be one of the weakest in the league. Terrible decision to get rid of Holmes with such a lack of compensation.

Ward is coming off 2 straight 1000 yard seasons, so there is no tangible indication that he is slowing down. In fact, last year, he had 95 catches for 1167 yards, both of which are his 2nd best season totals of his career (behind the 112 catches for 1329 yards in 2002). Even at his age, he's a solid starter in the this league.

Mike Wallace had 756 receiving yards (19.4 yards per catch average) and 6 TD's as a rookie. That type of playmaking ability is simply begging to get more playing time.

People seem to overlook Antwaan Randle El as someone who is washed up that we picked up off the scrap heap, but the fact is that he caught 50 or more passes in each of the past 3 seasons in Washington. In his first go-around with the Steelers, he never reached the 50 catch mark once in his 4 seasons here. As a #3 WR in the slot, he is a perfect fit for us.

Plus we have two potentially dynamic rookies in Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown to give us youth in our WR depth. And if the rookies are slow to develop, we have veteran Arnaz Battle as an option at #4 if needed. Although he was brought here primarily for his special teams prowess, he has shown that he can be a capable pass catcher as well, catching 50 or more balls twice in his career in San Francisco.

I don't think that WR corps is lacking at all. Ward is the flanker, Wallace is the split end, and Randle El plays in the slot. We have both youthful as well as veteran depth behind them. Seems pretty well rounded to me. And when you add in Heath Miller and Rashard Mendenhall as other potential pass catching targets, I'm not worried about the weapons in our passing game whatsoever.

Crash
07-09-2010, 07:19 PM
I I I I I I I I

The End.

The word "I" appeared 7 times

The word "we" appeared 8 times

The word "us" appeared 3 times


Your bias against Hines Ward has now been mathematically proven.

It's the same song every year:

"I caught 90 balls last season"

"How can that happen? I'm old."

"No one gave me a chance"

"I'm a lowly 3rd round pick"

"I have no ACL in one knee"

I wonder if Hines owns a little red wagon?