Steelers WR Hines Ward announced his retirement from football.
In an emotional press conference, the career Steeler said he considered trying to latch on elsewhere following his February release, but that he ultimately had no interest in wearing another uniform. "I can say I am a Steeler for life. And that's the bottom line," Ward said. "That's all I really wanted to do." It's possible Ward didn't receive a single phone call after what little remained of his separation skills disappeared last season, but he'll go down as an icon for a franchise that has many of them. A fearsome blocker, Ward will retire with exactly 1,000 career catches to go along with 12,083 receiving yards and 85 touchdowns. One of the toughest — sometimes dirtiest — players of his era, Ward has a shot at one day seeing his bust in Canton. We'd ultimately bet against Ward making the Hall, but Art Monk's recent enshrinement bodes well. Like Monk, Ward was a possession receiver.
Tue, Mar 20, 2012 12:05:00 PM