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fordfixer
01-27-2011, 02:41 AM
Aging Hines Ward still a premier threat for the Steelers
By Gary Graves, USA TODAY
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PITTSBURGH — Hines Ward is good with a lower profile these days, most likely because he has worked to make sure his fellow Pittsburgh Steelers receivers get their moment in the spotlight.

One such example was on display Wednesday when the 13-year veteran simply shifted to his right to make room for cameras and recorders surrounding second-year man Mike Wallace's locker.

Ward has created space on the field as well by blocking or with deceptive route-running that has siphoned coverage away and allowed others to shine, such as the completion to Antonio Brown that sealed Sunday's AFC Championship win against the New York Jets.

Yet for all this selflessness Ward remains a threat to do some damage in Super Bowl XLV, his third NFL championship appearance in six years and coming just five years after his MVP performance against Seattle. He'll likely go up against Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Woodson, but his contributions figure to go beyond the box score.

"I don't care about a profile," said Ward, Pittsburgh's second-leading receiver with 755 yards and five touchdowns. "We're winning ballgames and there's a lot of superstars out there that have never played in a Super Bowl. I'm blessed to be playing in my third and if I win this, I think my record and what I've done in the postseason and regular season speaks for itself."

Not that the four-time Pro Bowler and Steelers' career receiving leader needs another ring to validate his Hall of Fame resume.

Ward is loathe to address that subject of retirement. Issues such as a major injury or a possible lockout could change his perspective, but barring either occurrence, life after football seems far away.

Especially since Ward's immediate focus is leading this group of receivers to another championship after that unit began another season somewhat in flux. The trade of Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's four-game suspension were the most obvious questions, not counting the loss of wideout Limas Sweed to a knee injury.

Offsetting those concerns were expectations for Wallace taking the torch and having a breakout year — he has delivered with team highs of 1,257 yards and 10 TDs — with Ward and tight end Heath Miller (512 yards, 2 TDs) playing supportive roles. Roethlisberger has simply returned and spread the ball around to backs and receivers — keeping a keen eye on Ward, of course.

"He's not trying to go out and have killer numbers like the old Hines," Wallace said. "He still wants to do well, but he just wants to win. That's the main thing, contributing to our wins, that's all."

This week, Ward has been preparing the younger players for the Super Bowl's super-sized atmosphere including endless interview and ticket requests. Wallace is among those eager to experience it while trying to keep it in perspective.

Expect Ward to provide plenty, even if he's not ready to reflect. After spending half his career chasing a championship, he has claimed two in the past five seasons and eagerly enters a third with the flexibility of being able to lead and follow.

"It will definitely be big for me personally to add another Super Bowl ring to my trophy case, but I don't know what more I can accomplish," Ward said. "Thirteen years and all the things that I've surpassed (such as Hall of Famers Lynn) Swann and (John) Stallworth, that's all I can I ask for."

Oviedo
01-27-2011, 09:42 AM
The weakness in the Green Bay defense is in the middle of the field. Ward and Miller have to have big days for us to be successful. The Packers defense struggles to cover TEs, especially elite ones like Heath. Don't be surprised if Spaeth plays a bigger role as a pass catcher in this game.

BradshawsHairdresser
01-27-2011, 01:38 PM
The weakness in the Green Bay defense is in the middle of the field. Ward and Miller have to have big days for us to be successful. The Packers defense struggles to cover TEs, especially elite ones like Heath. Don't be surprised if Spaeth plays a bigger role as a pass catcher in this game.

...if he can catch passes in this game...

hawaiiansteel
01-30-2011, 01:49 AM
Ward wins Rooney Award :Clap

By Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Sunday, January 30, 2011


Steelers receiver Hines Ward was named the recipient of the 2011 Art Rooney Award.

The award will be presented April 7 at the 38th annual Art Rooney Award Dinner and Auction at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. The event benefits the Catholic Youth Association.

The Rooney Award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Pittsburgh area in fields such as business, sports, politics, philanthropy, education and science.

Former Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski and current second baseman Neil Walker will be presented with the Bob Prince Award, given to the Pittsburgh sports person who best exemplifies perseverance, accomplishment and love of sport.

Joyce Rothermel, CEO of the Pittsburgh Food Bank, will receive the John McGrady Award, given to the individual who has rendered outstanding community service. Rod Doss, publisher of the Pittsburgh Courier, will receive the Bill Burns Award, which honors a Pittsburgh media professional for journalistic excellence and community service.

For more information, visit artrooneyaward.com.

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BradshawsHairdresser
01-30-2011, 02:01 AM
Ward wins Rooney Award :Clap

By Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Sunday, January 30, 2011


Steelers receiver Hines Ward was named the recipient of the 2011 Art Rooney Award.

The award will be presented April 7 at the 38th annual Art Rooney Award Dinner and Auction at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. The event benefits the Catholic Youth Association.

The Rooney Award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Pittsburgh area in fields such as business, sports, politics, philanthropy, education and science.



They obviously don't realize that Hines is totally self-centered, has been divorced, and once co-owned a restaurant with someone who ended up getting in trouble with the law.

Crash
01-30-2011, 02:04 AM
They obviously don't realize that Hines is totally self-centered, has been divorced, and once co-owned a restaurant with someone who ended up getting in trouble with the law.

Get it right.

Hines' buddy was a convicted drug dealer BEFORE they opened that bar.

And, if they did nothing wrong at that bar why were they so anxious to stop the hearing where his own teammates were called to testify?

Scarletfire1970
01-30-2011, 08:37 AM
Hines is NOT a premier threat anymore.

steelfin
01-30-2011, 10:25 AM
Yet defenses continue to put their top CB on him....

Oviedo
01-30-2011, 12:14 PM
Hines is NOT a premier threat anymore.

As a possession receiver he is premier. He runs outstanding patterns and reads defenses as well as any WR in the league. That is why he always finds a hole in the defense.

Don't make the mistake thinking you have to be a "burner" who runs deep and gets long TDs to be "premier."

frankthetank1
01-30-2011, 01:32 PM
Hines is NOT a premier threat anymore.

As a possession receiver he is premier. He runs outstanding patterns and reads defenses as well as any WR in the league. That is why he always finds a hole in the defense.

Don't make the mistake thinking you have to be a "burner" who runs deep and gets long TDs to be "premier."

that is a very good point. i always thought chris carter was one of the best wr's ever and he was the same type of wr

hawaiiansteel
01-31-2011, 02:30 PM
Hines Ward has no plans to retire

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 31, 2011

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Despite some public hemming and hawing last week, Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward does not plan to retire after the Super Bowl.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted on Sunday that Ward has stated that he has no plans to retire “several times, including this past week.”

Ward said last year that he would retire if he could win a third Super Bowl ring. It seems that was just an emotional statement, and that Ward isn’t ready to give up the game he loves after another productive season.

Then again, maybe Ward is just trying to build more drama for a possible post-game declaration on the winning podium.

(Unfortunately, “The last stop for Hines Ward will be in Dallas” doesn’t have quite the same ring as Jerome Bettis’ line.)

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/20 ... to-retire/ (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/01/31/hines-ward-has-no-plans-to-retire/)

Oviedo
01-31-2011, 02:47 PM
Hines Ward has no plans to retire

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 31, 2011

http://nbcprofootballtalk.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/hineswardvspatriots.jpg?w=172

Despite some public hemming and hawing last week, Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward does not plan to retire after the Super Bowl.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted on Sunday that Ward has stated that he has no plans to retire “several times, including this past week.”

Ward said last year that he would retire if he could win a third Super Bowl ring. It seems that was just an emotional statement, and that Ward isn’t ready to give up the game he loves after another productive season.

Then again, maybe Ward is just trying to build more drama for a possible post-game declaration on the winning podium.

(Unfortunately, “The last stop for Hines Ward will be in Dallas” doesn’t have quite the same ring as Jerome Bettis’ line.)

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/20 ... to-retire/ (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/01/31/hines-ward-has-no-plans-to-retire/)

Hines wants 1000 catches. He knows he needs it for his HoF resume. He will be back!

hawaiiansteel
01-31-2011, 03:30 PM
Hines wants 1000 catches. He knows he needs it for his HoF resume. He will be back!


I agree, he'll be back next year and personally I'm very happy about that! I hope he has a great Super Bowl, Hines certainly knows how to dress the part for Dallas...

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/hs001.snc6/165146_10150097585070945_29672350944_6340462_83856 52_n.jpg

hawaiiansteel
02-01-2011, 05:49 PM
Hines Ward: “All money is not good money”

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on February 1, 2011

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Steelers receiver Hines Ward said at Media Day that he wishes more players would come out in opposition to the 18-game season. Since he can’t make them, Ward was happy to speak his mind Tuesday.

“All money is not good money,” Ward said. “You may get paid more, but all you’re doing is driving more injuries. Leave it like it is. It’s great as it is. . . . Add two more games, those extra checks are not worth it, having more stuff done to you that will affect you later on in life. I don’t want it”

I asked Ward about his strong comments to Michael Silver in GQ about concussions. While he didn’t break out the f-bomb, he didn’t back down.

“They care, but they don’t care. You know this game is a dangerous game. If you care, why would you add two more dangerous games person for a long career in a violent sport. You’re contradicting yourself.”

Ward said that he thought careers would exponentially be shorter with an enhanced season. And then he echoed a point that all fans agree with regarding a possible work stoppage.

“It’s a bad situation. We make way too much money, too much revenue to be in this situation and have a lockout.”

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ScoreKeeper
02-01-2011, 06:02 PM
Hines is NOT a premier threat anymore.

As a possession receiver he is premier. He runs outstanding patterns and reads defenses as well as any WR in the league. That is why he always finds a hole in the defense.

Don't make the mistake thinking you have to be a "burner" who runs deep and gets long TDs to be "premier."
I want to start by saying that I am huge Hines fan. He has always been exactly what a Steelers player should be; tough, determined, a hard player.

Now, I have to say this. He can't read a D. If he could, he would see when he was the hot read, and he doesn't. His route running skills are s hit at this point and he could not get open in a field full of hay bales. At this point, he is who he is....a threat based on reputation. Nothing more.

And I can't wait to see him introduced as a HOF member. :tt2