Bye Ward. Where will you go now? What will you do? Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

Steelers Set to Release Hines Ward - Boy Am I Bummin'


14 seasons.  One of the best wide outs and team players the Steelers organization will ever know.  Two Super Bowl victories.  One Super Bowl MVP.  Deep on the all time list for receptions and total yards.  Football is a business, and the Steelers felt it was better to save the $4 million due to Ward and use it as an investment to other players they need.  It’s not a bad business decision, and the Steelers seem to always know exactly when it’s time to let a player go.  Doesn’t mean I have to like it.

Farewell Hinesy.  It’s been awesome while it lasted.  I know that you want to play more, but I  now ask you to make one more sacrifice for this team and become the wide receiver coach.  Knowing that you are leaving, I haven’t felt this bad since I saw ‘The Bus’ finally hang up the cleats.  I’ll feel even worse to see you put on another jersey.  Don’t make the same mistake Franco did.

The best of luck to you.  You will always be a Steeler to me.  I’ll miss that smile and the heart and soul you left on the field during every game.  We’ll see you in Canton.

 

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  • Fl3aFlikr

    The wife cried for 2 hours upon hearing the news.  It’s hard to watch our heroes move on…

  • LOTUSMAN1

    “JUST BUSINESS…” THEY SAY.        WELL, IF  A-N-Y  PITTSBURGH STEELERS PLAYER EVER “TOOK CARE OF BUSINESS”, IT WAS THE “INCOMPARABLE” HINES WARD… HIS RECEIVING SKILLS & ULTIMATELY, HIS “DOWN-FIELD” BLOCKING, WILL LONG BE REMEMBERED IN “THE STEEL CITY!” HIS ABILITY TO TAKE IT UPON HIMSELF (WITHOUT COACHING STAFF DIRECTIVES) TO SHOW THIS GROUP OF “YOUNG” WIDE RECEIVERS (MIKE WALLACE, EMMANUEL SANDERS AND ANTONIO BROWN), HOW TO RUN BETTER ROUTES, “COME BACK TO THE BALL” (WHEN “BIG-BEN” IS IN TROUBLE – WHICH IS NEARLY ON EVERY PASSING DOWN, THANKS TO THE “POROUS” OFFENSIVE LINE), & TO “DOWN-FIELD” BLOCK, WELL THAT IS SOMETHING THAT I AM NOT SURE  A-N-Y OTHER VETERAN WIDE RECEIVER IN THE HISTORY OF THIS ORGANIZATION HAS EVER DONE!  
     
    I HAVE MET HINES WARD ON @ LEAST 5 OCCASIONS, @ TRAINING CAMP, AND AFTER A.F.C. CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES (BOTH WON AND LOST), AND I CAN TELL YOU FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AND COMPLETELY WITHOUT RESERVATION, THAT HINES WARD (THE MAN) IS ONE OF THE MOST CLASSY INDIVIDUALS THAT HAS EVER “GRACED” THE PLAYING FIELD IN A PITTSBURGH STEELERS UNIFORM!
     
    IT IS RIDICULOUS TO ME, AS A 37-YEAR SEASON TICKET HOLDER, THAT THIS ORGANIZATION WOULD SEND THEIR ALL-TIME LEADER @ (ANY POSITION) WIDE RECEIVER, “OUT THE DOOR” SO UNCEREMONIOUSLY!  HINES WARD EPITOMIZES THE SENSE OF LOYALTY AND DIGNITY THAT THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS HAVE LONG HELD AS “TRADITION”…
     
    I AM “SERIOUSLY” CONSIDERING  N-O-T RENEWING MY SEASON TICKETS @ THIS JUNCTURE! 
     
    JUST BUSINESS…
     
    MICHAEL S. MARSHALL
      (DAYTON, OHIO)

  • karim

    Will be heartbreaking to see him in another jersey. I hate how this was handled… He deserves so much better.

  • LOTUSMAN1

     @karim   I AM TOTALLY “WITH” YOU ON THIS!!  YOU KNOW, AFTER THE LOCKOUT LAST YEAR THEY CAME TO HINES AND SAID, (AND I QUOTE, AS MY COUSIN THOMAS MARSHALL IS PART OF THE STEELERS MANAGEMENT TEAM WITH THE LAST EIGHT YEARS IN THE “FRONT OFFICE”) “HINES, WE WANT YOU TO PLAY OUT THE LAST TWO YEARS OF YOUR CONTRACT HERE IN PITTSBURGH, WE WILL ENSURE YOU BREAK ALL OF THE “TEAM RECORDS” FOR RECEIVING, BUT IN YOUR LAST YEAR, WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO BE A PLAYER/COACH, TEACHING THESE “YOUNG GUNS” HOW TO RUN SHARPER ROUTES, CONCENTRATE ON OFF-SEASON “CONDITIONING”, AND SHOW THEM HOW TO COME “BACK TO THE BALL” & SHOW THEM  Y-O-U-R  “SPECIALTY” DOWN-FIELD BLOCKING!!
     
    karim, I PERSONALLY DO NOT “SEE” HIM PLAYING IN ANOTHER CITY, ALTHOUGH HE SAYS HE HAS “A LOT OF FOOTBALL LEFT IN HIM…”  IF HE GOES ANYWHERE, IT WILL BE TO A “STRUGGLING” TEAM SUCH AS JACKSONVILLE, ETC.  THAT IS NO WAY FOR “THE GREATEST RECEIVER IN PITTSBURGH STEELERS HISTORY” TO FINISH HIS CAREER. IT REMINDS ME OF THE WAY FRANCO HARRIS ENDED HIS CAREER – BY GOING TO SEATTLE & RUSHING FOR 348 YARDS & 1 T.D. – WHAT KIND OF WAY WAS THAT FOR “THE GREATEST RUNNING BACK IN PITTSBURGH STEELERS HISTORY” TO END HIS CAREER???
     
     
     LIKE I HAVE PREVIOUSLY STATED… I MET HINES ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS, AND HE IS ONE OF THE NICEST MEN THAT I HAVE EVER MET (OFF OF THE PLAYING FIELD). HE COMPARED NICELY TO FORMER STEELERS (GREAT) OUTSIDE LINEBACKER KEVIN GREENE, (NOW THE LINEBACKERS COACH IN GREEN BAY!)  HE TOO WAS ONE WONDERFUL GUY, OFF OF THE FIELD. HE AND HIS WIFE INVITED MY BROTHER & I TO THE RESTAURANT WHERE THE TEAM WAS GATHERING TO CELEBRATE THE TEAM’S WIN OVER THE INDIANAPOLIS COLTS IN THE 1195-96 A.F.C. CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (EN ROUTE TO THEIR FIRST SUPER BOWL  L-O-S-S  TO DALLAS  -  THANKS TO NEIL O’DONNELL’S THREE INTERCEPTIONS!)…  O’DONNELL “THREW 5 INTERCEPTIONS ALL YEAR THEN THREW THOSE RIDICULOUS (FIRST TWO) DIRECTLY TO DALLAS CORNERBACK LARRY BROWN! (THE M.V.P. OF SUPER BOWL XXX)… I WAS THERE. IT WAS OBVIOUS THAT O’DONNELL WAS “THROWING’ THAT GAME!!  THEN AFTER THAT SEASON (BECOMING A FREE-AGENT) AND RECEIVING A 5-YEAR $25 MILLION DOLLAR DEAL FROM THE NEW YORK J-E-T-S!!  (HIS FAMILY LIVED IN NEW JERSEY, SO I & COUNTLESS OTHERS BELIEVE THERE WAS “MOB” INVOLVEMENT!)  HE WILL N-E-V-E-R “COME CLEAN” ON THIS SUBJECT, THAT’S FOR SURE!!  I THOUGHT IT WAS AWFUL OF HIM TO “ROB” STEELERS ALL-TIME “GREAT” CORNERBACK ROD WOODSON OF A SUPER BOWL VICTORY!!   IF I EVER SEE NEIL O’DONNELL @ ANT STEELERS “TEAM FUNCTION/REUNION”, I SWEAR BEFORE G-O-D THAT I AM GOING TO PUNCH HIM IN HIS MOUTH!!   B-A-S-T-A-R-D!!!     (M.S.M.)

  • http://www.victorybellrings.com/ PSUTimm

    Hopefully he just retires. Don’t put on a different uniform. Nobody wanted to see Jerry Rice in a Raiders/ Seahawks jersey, and nobody wants to see Hines Ward in a Jaguars jersey.