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    Re: Hines Says He Will NOT Retire

    The demotion of HW and how the coaching staff has handled the situation,
    is IMHO, the most despicable F-ing, MF-ing, BS that has ever happened to a
    Steelers Player of HW stature in F-ing NFL history!!!!!!!!!!!

    HW has done so much for the Steelers, and the City of Pittsburgh, and to go
    out this way makes me sick!!!!!!!!!!

    It aint HW's fault that Arianus is such a F-ing Dumf**k!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HW is not done!!!!!!!!

    The Steelers may have won if they didnt try so hard to Wallace aka "Charmin" the
    freaking ball so much!!!!!!!!!!

    I am so frigging pissing how fast they are trying to KICK him out the door!!!

    If HW is released and signs with another team, I will become a fan of that team,
    and buy HW's #86!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You can put money on that!!!!!!!!!!

    JD
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    Re: Hines Says He Will NOT Retire

    On the Steelers: Ward would be OK with pay cut

    Wednesday, January 11, 2012
    By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



    Hines Ward runs off the field in Denver after Sunday's stunning loss. Some believe it will be Ward's last game in a Steelers uniform. But maybe not.

    Hines Ward wants to make a few things perfectly clear: He wants to play for the Steelers in 2012, but, if they do not want him, he still wants to play next season

    He just does not want to think about the second part of the equation at the moment.

    "It would be weird, not how I want it to happen," Ward said of playing for another team next season. "But I do want to play. I still think I can play. I'm not even thinking like that -- what if. If that scenario happens, I'll be devastated, but I do want to play football."

    He understands he would have to take a pay cut from his $4 million salary next season. He has two seasons left on his contract and is willing to do that. Such a decision must be made, however, by March 1 because Ward said a clause in his contract states that they must guarantee his job by then or release him.

    "I'd probably have to restructure my contract," Ward said of the pay cut. "That's fine with me. I recognize that. I'm telling you I want to be here, I'm telling you I'm willing to do that. And I understand the ramifications -- we have the cap number and stuff, but I want to be here."

    As for not starting, Ward noted that happened this season.

    "Obviously, I was a starter, and then it went the way it did. That's fine, I don't have a problem with not starting. But I want to play, I want to try to win another Super Bowl. I want to do it for this organization. I want to help this team out. I still think I can help this team, on the field, off the field with the younger guys, still be there for the team. I'm willing to do all that."

    No one has talked to him yet about his future, Ward said. He will have minor surgery on his right ankle to shave down bone spurs. He also is looking forward to a rest after a year in which he played football into the Super Bowl in February, had knee surgery, won "Dancing With the Stars," had surgery on his thumb and rejoined his teammates for the 2011 season after the lockout ended.

    If the Steelers do not want him back next season, Ward hopes fans understand if he signs elsewhere.

    "I want to be here. I mean, if they decide they don't want me here, it's not my choice. I wouldn't see why Steelers fans would be angry at me, if I still think I can play. I want to play here. I don't want to put on another uniform, but, at the end of the day, it's not my choice. There's nothing I can do about it."

    Ward will turn 36 March 8 and noted "They always say play as long as you can.

    "The biggest thing, like Tony Gonzalez, these guys are older than me. And I don't hear if they're retiring or not. Donald Driver, a year older than me, still playing good football...

    "I'm just looking year to year, but I do want to play next year. If they decide to part ways, I'll be devastated, but life's not over. I'm still young.

    "My thing is, I want to be a Steeler, I'm here, I'm willing to restructure, do whatever. I don't want to be seen in another uniform but, if they decide to part ways, or whatever, I don't know, I'm not even thinking like that. I couldn't even fathom myself [in another uniform], but I still want to play football."

    Emmanuel Sanders, one of those young Steelers receivers who helped push Ward down the depth chart, knows where the team's future lies at the position. He also believes there is room for Ward.

    "If he comes back, we are going to welcome him with open arms," said Sanders, who completed his second season by leading the Steelers in receiving in the playoff loss Sunday in Denver. "Hines has helped the receiving corps a lot. He definitely taught me, Antonio [Brown] and Mike [Wallace] what it takes to be a pro in this league. So, he is a great addition to this receiving corps.

    "We know the direction in which we are going with the receiving corps. But, again, Hines is still a great addition. Just the knowledge he brings to the room, you can't pay for that, you can't coach that. He just brings that well-being of how to be a pro into the room."

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    Re: Hines Says He Will NOT Retire

    Quote Originally Posted by JDSteeler
    The demotion of HW and how the coaching staff has handled the situation,
    is IMHO, the most despicable F-ing, MF-ing, BS that has ever happened to a
    Steelers Player of HW stature in F-ing NFL history!!!!!!!!!!!

    HW has done so much for the Steelers, and the City of Pittsburgh, and to go
    out this way makes me sick!!!!!!!!!!

    It aint HW's fault that Arianus is such a F-ing Dumf**k!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HW is not done!!!!!!!!

    The Steelers may have won if they didnt try so hard to Wallace aka "Charmin" the
    freaking ball so much!!!!!!!!!!

    I am so frigging pissing how fast they are trying to KICK him out the door!!!

    If HW is released and signs with another team, I will become a fan of that team,
    and buy HW's #86!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You can put money on that!!!!!!!!!!

    JD
    wow dude. u will be the first person to own a jersey for a guy about to put together a 25 catches for 165 yard season.
    Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go...
    Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go...
    Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go...!!!

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    Re: Hines Says He Will NOT Retire

    Jerricho Cotchery took Hines' role this season.

    With the Steelers in the cap space they are now, restructuring Hines & not signing Cotchery could make sense, with little difference in the play level. Draft a low round WR to replace Battle & the WR's are fine.

    Hines still has a role if he's physically fit to play.

    He's not the sort of player you let go, not with such a young group around him.
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