Say all you like about 'having to move on' & 'players being past their prime'- there's still 'something' about losing guys like Ward & Smith...something not 'right'...but inevitable, obviously.

There will be other players, other Steelers that will capture the heart & mind. But for the good part of a decade & a bit- both these guys were 'us'...they were what we live & breath & believe in.

Hard to lose them in retirement, but easier than losing them to FA.