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Hines Ward Plans To Play For The Steelers Next Season

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Steelers have a lot of decisions to make over the next month and one of them is whether or not to pay Hines Ward a roster bonus due in early March.

Ward is not against taking a pay cut, but, with the departure of Bruce Arians and a possible re-emphasis on the run game, Ward becomes more important in the blocking game.

Ward told reporters today at the Super Bowl, “I plan on playing with the Pittsburgh Steelers and going from there.”

Talks will begin between the Steelers and Ward in the next two weeks.

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Manning has no plans to walk away from game

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For all the things that are still up in the air, Peyton Manning is certain about this much: He isn’t ready to retire yet. “I have no plans on doing that,” he said. An iron man for 13 seasons, he’s struggling to recover from three neck surgeries over the course of 19 months. “My plan hasn’t changed. I’m on track with what the doctors have told me to do, and I’m doing that. I’m rehabbing hard.”

Source: post-gazette.com – Steelers/NFL

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Hines Ward Refutes Retirement Speculation: “Let me set the record straight: I have no plans on retiring right now.”

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward (86) walks off the field after the Steelers lost 30-23 to the Denver Broncos in overtime of an NFL wild card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Denver.  (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

That didn’t take long. Not one day had passed since the Pittsburgh Steelers bowed out of the 2011 NFL Playoffs with their shocking 29-23 OT loss to the Denver Broncos that the media hit the ground running with rampant speculation about the pending retirement of Hines Ward. Well, hold the phone according to none other than Ward himself. Writing on his Facebook page late Monday afternoon, Ward had the following to say about his retirement plans….or lack thereof:

I’m also getting lots of questions about retirement so let me set the record straight: I have no plans on retiring right now. I want to win another Superbowl. I don’t know where the media is getting this info from but rest assured that when I decide to retire, you’ll hear it from ME first. – HINES

Ward began his post by expressing disappointment and apologies to Steeler Nation for the way the Steelers performed in Sunday afternoon’s loss to Denver. All class, as usual, from the future Hall of Famer.

We’ll speculate about Ward’s future with the Steelers, and whether or not the unthinkable of him finishing his career elsewhere is in the cards, but for now, let’s just start every conversation about No. 86 under the assumption that he will not in fact be hanging it up after 14 wildly successful seasons with the black-and-gold.

Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

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