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hawaiiansteel
02-29-2012, 10:43 PM
Hines Ward says he’ll play again

Posted by Mike Florio on February 29, 2012


The Steelers announced on Wednesday that receiver Hines Ward will be cut. In response, Ward said he still wants to play.

“I do feel that I still have more football left in me and I am looking forward to playing in the NFL again this upcoming season,” Ward said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

“This isn’t how I wanted this chapter of my career to end. I did everything in my power to remain a Steeler and finish what I started here 14 years ago,” Ward added. “I want to thank the organization, my teammates and coaches and everyone who made my run as a Steeler the best years of my life. To Mr. Rooney, thank you for allowing me to play for one of the greatest organizations in the world. To my fans and in particular Steeler Nation, thank you for your support and all the great memories. I gave my heart and soul for you every down and I will always bleed black and gold.”

Ward previously had said he’d be willing to take a pay cut from his $4 million salary to stay with the team. But even at the 10-plus-year veteran minimum of $925,000, Ward had fallen too far down the depth chart to justify having a roster spot and not playing special teams.

Other teams could be interested. Former Steelers offensive coordinators Ken Whisenhunt and Mike Mularkey are coaching the Cardinals and Jaguars, respectively. Also, as Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune pointed out, Ward played for Bears receivers coach Darryl Drake at Georgia.

It will be strange, to say the least, to see Ward playing for a team other than the Steelers. But no stranger than seeing another guy who entered the league in 1998 inevitably playing for a team other than the Colts.

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SidSmythe
02-29-2012, 11:08 PM
The NFL needs to have a GRANDFATHER program for veterans in cases such as this.

Anyone who's been with a team their whole career and are above the age of 35 should only count $300K against the cap no matter what their salary is.

SteelBucks
02-29-2012, 11:52 PM
The NFL needs to have a GRANDFATHER program for veterans in cases such as this.

Anyone who's been with a team their whole career and are above the age of 35 should only count $300K against the cap no matter what their salary is.

I agree but I don't think this was a cap move. The Steelers didn't ask Ward to restructure his contract....IMO, they believe that he's done.

skyhawk
03-01-2012, 12:29 AM
Maybe they will release him, get under the cap, and then re-sign him?

SteelBucks
03-01-2012, 12:32 AM
Maybe they will release him, get under the cap, and then re-sign him?

Ben's restructure last week already put them under the cap.

sd steel
03-01-2012, 12:51 AM
As much as I hate to see him go, there isn't anything left in the tank. He might be able to help coach up young receivers, but he has just gotten too slow to be that small and still expect to see the field.

I'm sure the heart is still there, and maybe even the hands, but the legs left a year or more ago. And with his patented blocking style basically outlawed what does he really bring to the field? Sucks if he plays somewhere else, but he can be a wasted roster spot for someone else.

skyhawk
03-01-2012, 01:25 AM
Maybe they will release him, get under the cap, and then re-sign him?

Ben's restructure last week already put them under the cap.

That's what I thought, but maybe this helps lower his hit and his salary more when he is not picked up in FA.

D Rock
03-01-2012, 08:47 AM
What would ever make these guys like Ward, at this point in their careers, want to keep playing?


Their bodies are torn up, and that wont get any better with age.

You've had a Hall of Fame career with 1 team, your 35+ years old, and will never be more than a 4th receiver anywhere. Just retire and enjoy the few years you still have left of being able to walk without assistance.

Oviedo
03-01-2012, 08:49 AM
Please Hines...don't do it!!!

Please talk to Franco Harris and hear first hand how unsatisfying it is go somewhere else as an afterthought to be a 3rd or 4th string player.

feltdizz
03-01-2012, 10:18 AM
What would ever make these guys like Ward, at this point in their careers, want to keep playing?


Their bodies are torn up, and that wont get any better with age.

You've had a Hall of Fame career with 1 team, your 35+ years old, and will never be more than a 4th receiver anywhere. Just retire and enjoy the few years you still have left of being able to walk without assistance.

It's all they know.... Do you really think if you were a Steeler you would know when to hang it up?

walking out of the facility for the last time has to be pretty scary.

hawaiiansteel
03-01-2012, 06:10 PM
Ward should have his bust in Canton in due time

By Steve Wyche NFL.com
Senior Writer
Published: Feb. 29, 2012

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Hines Ward will say goodbye to Pittsburgh once the Steelers officially cut him in the coming weeks.

With deserving wide receivers such as Andre Reed, Tim Brown and Cris Carter being kept out of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the wall could be a high one for Hines Ward to climb once he becomes eligible. At least for the first few tries.

At some point, though, Ward will have his bust emblazoned in Canton -- and deservedly so.

What will happen with this charming person and rugged, tough and highly productive football player is his legend will grow like Paul Bunyan's over time. See, Ward already has managed to captivate fringe fans and nonfans by winning "Dancing With The Stars," and he'll triple that appeal when he enters the broadcast studio after his career is done.

Ward, who the Steelers said Wednesday will be released, has been setting the table for that transition for the past few years, and he's probably as recognizable to the general public as any of his teammates, including Ben Roethlisberger.

It's a shame Ward's off-the-field charisma eventually will be what leads him to be recognized as a great football player, but whatever works, right? This is the era in which we live. Highlights move the meter, even for the knowledgeable voters who choose members of the hallowed Hall.

Ward doesn't make the highlight-film plays like legendary Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann, who had fewer receptions (336), receiving yards (5,462) and receiving touchdowns (51) than Ward (1,000 catches for 12,083 yards and 85 TDs) yet is in the Hall. Ward isn't the consistent deep threat like former Pittsburgh great John Stallworth, who's also in the Hall of Fame, but Ward is more well-rounded.

Sure, Ward plays in an era when throwing the ball is more abundant than it was when Swann, Stallworth and so many other receivers played, and thus comparing stats in different eras isn't always fair. Then again, Ward has played 14 seasons, and this Madden-type aerial football we're seeing today wasn't in vogue for much of his career.

Still, he has made the most of it. That's what separates Ward -- a two-time Super Bowl winner and one-time Super Bowl MVP -- from so many other receivers: He's a football player. He does more than catch 10-yard curls or 15-yard drags. He blocks, rocks, and he played football the Steeler way.

His career might not be over, but with so many younger players coming into the league and Ward now considered a chain-moving slot receiver or second option on most plays, he might not receive another chance unless an injury to someone else necessitates it.

Ward now is lumped in with a group that includes Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne and Ronde Barber as veterans who have spent their careers with one franchise but whose futures are in limbo. If all of their careers end now, together, that's one tough Hall of Fame class for Ward to crack in that first year of eligibility.

That could just be the beginning of Ward's trek to the Hall of Fame, but he should -- and will -- make it there one day.

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RuthlessBurgher
03-01-2012, 07:33 PM
Just imagine the smile on that Canton bust!

Steelgal
03-01-2012, 07:55 PM
I still cringe when I see Woodson in a Rats uniform. I'm sure it's not easy to walk away from a game that you love, but I really hope he retires. I think he could easily get on at NFLN or ESPN as an analyst.

Chucktownsteeler
03-01-2012, 11:24 PM
I am really torn on this. Hate to see him go and would also hate to see him in another uniform.

However, if he still wants to play I wish him the best success and stay healthy!

C-town

hawaiiansteel
03-06-2012, 11:27 PM
Madden: No league for old men

By Mark Madden Times Sports Columnist | Posted: Sunday, March 4, 2012


Anyone watching tape of Hines Ward from this past season couldn't help but conclude he has nothing left to contribute.

If any team steps forward with an offer, it’ll be a loaded one. It’s easy to imagine an AFC North rival, probably Baltimore, signing Ward. The Ravens could display the Pittsburgh icon wearing their purple clown suit, pump his brain for inside knowledge about the Steelers, then nail him to the bench or inactive list.

Ward simply isn't good enough to play in the NFL anymore. He finds himself at a crossroads. Should Ward grab a microphone and start that phase of his life, or hang on somewhere as a fourth or fifth receiver, perhaps damaging his Pittsburgh legacy?

It seems an easy choice. Ward has done some network duty, at the Super Bowl and on the red carpet at the Academy Awards. He's a natural. Between his NFL career and his triumph on "Dancing With the Stars," few match Ward's credentials for TV stardom.

Ward might not be limited to ordinary ex-jock work. Movies could be in his future.

But football players want to play football. By the time Ward realizes he's not going to actually get on the field much, he'll be committed to a team. Ward won't quit. He doesn't quit.

Ward's delusions likely go beyond merely filling roster space. That giant ego probably believes he can not only start again, but star.

It's an absurd leap of faith. Video doesn't lie. Ward's final Steelers campaign wound down in pathetic fashion. He got sympathy snaps en route to 1,000 catches. He hit his number but looked feeble in the process. His milestone grab lost three yards. Yikes.

You can't will or work speed into returning. You can't turn back time. Teams don't employ blocking specialists at receiver. Ward's only worth now would be against zones, using savvy to find seams. Against man coverage, Ward can't even get off the line.

It would be interesting to see Pittsburgh's reaction if Ward returned to Heinz Field playing for Baltimore. Ward could run for mayor - as long as he retires now, forever a Steeler. Franco Harris remains a Steeler icon despite his brief sojourn to Seattle. But these are different times. More volatile.

Ward's finished. He may not realize it, but everybody else does. He should retire.

Of further debate: Whether or not Ward should make the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

If you live in Pittsburgh and saw Ward play, you've witnessed his intangibles and what he contributes to winning. But Hall of Fame voters crunch numbers. They consider Pro Bowls and All-Pro picks. Ward only made four Pro Bowls in 14 seasons, none since 2004.

He was never a first-team All-Pro selection.

Lots of wide receivers are on line ahead on Ward: Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Andre Reed. Coming soon: Marvin Harrison, Terrell Owens and Randy Moss. Only seven wide receivers have been named to the Hall of Fame since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. It is not an institution that places a high value on the position.

Ward seems a long shot, at best. If you think he has a chip on his shoulder now, wait until Ward addresses this situation after 4-5 years of disappointment. Ward's the kind of guy who will sweat the Hall of Fame every second until he makes it or dies.

You should hope Ward makes the right decision and retires.

Not me. I hope Ward makes the wrong decision. It will be a lot more fun to watch.

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SteelBucks
03-07-2012, 12:14 AM
I really dislike Madden...these two have been going after one another for years.

hawaiiansteel
03-08-2012, 12:05 AM
this could never happen, could it? :ratsuck

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Pittsburgh TV station apologizes for bogus “Ward to Ravens” report

Posted by Michael David Smith on March 7, 2012

A Pittsburgh television station is apologizing today after falling for a phony story about the Steelers’ all-time leading receiver, Hines Ward, signing with the Baltimore Ravens.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that on the 6 o’clock news Wednesday morning, WPXI-TV reported that Ward would be resuming his NFL career with the rival Ravens.

One problem: WPXI got that report from a site called BroCouncil.com, which isn’t known for breaking NFL news. The “report” was an obvious spoof that included clearly fake quotes.

On its Twitter page, WPXI has since apologized.

“We got spoofed! We mentioned on the air this morning a bogus report that Hines Ward wigned [sic] with the Ravens,” the station’s tweet said. “We apolgize [sic] for our mistake.”

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Steveo
03-08-2012, 09:20 AM
this could never happen, could it? :ratsuck

http://www.brocouncil.com/images/stories/Articles/2012/02february/hines-ward-ravens.jpg

Pittsburgh TV station apologizes for bogus “Ward to Ravens” report

Posted by Michael David Smith on March 7, 2012

A Pittsburgh television station is apologizing today after falling for a phony story about the Steelers’ all-time leading receiver, Hines Ward, signing with the Baltimore Ravens.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that on the 6 o’clock news Wednesday morning, WPXI-TV reported that Ward would be resuming his NFL career with the rival Ravens.

One problem: WPXI got that report from a site called BroCouncil.com, which isn’t known for breaking NFL news. The “report” was an obvious spoof that included clearly fake quotes.

On its Twitter page, WPXI has since apologized.

“We got spoofed! We mentioned on the air this morning a bogus report that Hines Ward wigned [sic] with the Ravens,” the station’s tweet said. “We apolgize [sic] for our mistake.”

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/20 ... ns-report/ (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/03/07/pittsburgh-tv-station-apologizes-for-bogus-ward-to-ravens-report/)

Make it stop!!

fezziwig
03-08-2012, 07:43 PM
I have had that hunch right along that, Ward might not be signed to another team.