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.