love me some hines

Another one for Steelers bites the dust.


With a lot of Steelers talk lately focused on Hines Ward and his potential departure from Pittsburgh, it got me thinking. Well to be honest it got me fired up that they would let him go, when he is obviously so wanting to stay. Dude is a class act.  And then I was reminded what happened eleven years ago today. Another Pittsburgh icon took a final bow. Remember?

 

Three Rivers Stadium, a constant in the Pittsburgh skyline for three decades, was demolished. Re-live it HERE.

 

For me there were a lot of memories in that place. Seeing it disappear was tough, I couldn’t imagine going across the Fort Pitt Bridge and it not being there. That day marked an end of an era. I was shocked when I heard people were cheering when the dynamite blew. It just didn’t seem…. right. But now I see they were celebrating. Celebrating all the moments that happened in that place. The Immaculate Reception, Clemente’s 3000th hit, all the AFC Championships, the 2 World Series titles. And maybe they knew it was time. Time to move forward with a new home.

 

Don’t believe for one second I don’t want Ward to put on the black and gold for another year. I’d love nothing more. I don’t know what the outcome is going to be for Ward, none of us do, but if he walks away, it’s going to leave a stadium sized hole in our Steeler family. And maybe, just maybe we better get ready for the BOOM, cause you know damn well there better be a whole slew of Zambelli fireworks if we have to say goodbye to Ward.

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  • steelerchick11

    I do not believe this will happen…Hines being cut from the Steelers. Steeler Nation is up in arms, and has been flooding Steeler headquarters with calls, msgs on facebook to Coach Tomlin, tweets, etc. Hines has offered to take a pay cut, and wants to remain on the team whatever it takes, and Steeler Nation wants him there to finish out his career as a Steeler. The team should dedicate the season to Hines, and win our #7 Superbowl, and let Hines go out on top, just like Bettis did. I have never questioned or doubted the organization in their moves in the past, but this one, I certainly do. I know that we need to free up money due to the cap, but Hines is willing to take less money, Woodley, Timmons & Ike Taylor have already restructured, with more players to step up and do the same. I know that Hines is done as a starter, but he has been the face of this franchise on and off the field. He has taught and mentored Wallace, Brown & Sanders, into the humble players that they have become. I called Steeler Headquarters today to voice my opinion on this, as did many people of Steeler Nation. I am also faxing a letter regarding this. I cannot see the Rooney family disrespecting Hines by cutting him, when they were in the same position with Bettis before, and he took less to come back one more year and go out as a Steeler, and look what happened

  • mingo1972

    STEELERCHICK11….I agree with you 100%….Hines Ward is the face of the Steelers…for so many years work horse…

  • karim

    @steelerchick11 completely agree. He has done so much for the team and his leadership is priceless.