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    Steelers to release Hines Ward
    “We had a conversation today with Hines Ward and informed him that we plan to release him of his contract prior to the start of the 2012 NFL calendar year,” Steelers President Art Rooney II told the team’s website, Steelers.com. “Hines has been an integral part of our success since we drafted him in 1998 and we will forever be grateful for what he has helped us achieve. He has meant so much to this organization, both on and off the field, and we appreciate his efforts over the past 14 years. Hines’ accomplishments are numerous, and he will always be thought of as one of the all-time great Steelers. We wish him nothing but the best.”

    Ward was originally drafted by the Steelers in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft out of Georgia. He spent 14 years in Pittsburgh and became the team’s all-time leader in receptions (1,000), receiving yards (12,083), receiving touchdowns (85) and 100-yard receiving games (29). Ward is the eighth player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career receptions and joined only Hall of Famer Jerry Rice as the only two players in league history to post 1,000 career catches and win multiple Super Bowls.

    Ward was the MVP of Super Bowl XL after leading the Steelers to a 21-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. He posted a game-high 123 receiving yards on five receptions with one touchdown.

    The Steelers’ 2008 Walter Payton Man of the Year, Ward was named to four Pro Bowls (2002-05) and was a member of the team’s 75th Season All-Time Team.

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    Default Re: Steelers to release Hines Ward

    If we could get him on the cheap, I would not object.

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    He'll be a Pat next year.
    WE ARE NOT GETTING ERIC GORDON

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    Default Re: Steelers to release Hines Ward

    He's gonna retire.

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    He's gonna retire.
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    Just my thoughts. He's not near the same player he was, has injury problems. He has also made comments how he wants to retire a Pittsburgh Steeler.

    Quite frankly, I don't see why a team would sign him. If TO cant get picked up, I don't think Ward can. TO is a far superior receiver at this point, even with the year missed because the man is still in amazing condition.

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    Just my thoughts. He's not near the same player he was, has injury problems. He has also made comments how he wants to retire a Pittsburgh Steeler.

    Quite frankly, I don't see why a team would sign him. If TO cant get picked up, I don't think Ward can. TO is a far superior receiver at this point, even with the year missed because the man is still in amazing condition.
    TO carries a ton of baggage with him. Teams don't want that. You bring in Hines if you want a vet around for your young developing receivers. I'm sure he's a great locker room presence at the very least.

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    If we could get him on the cheap, I would not object.
    Nor would I, but there's no way he'd want to spend his last seasons (if he chooses to keep playing) with the rebuilding Colts.
    Stop quoting people I have on ignore!

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    TO carries a ton of baggage with him. Teams don't want that. You bring in Hines if you want a vet around for your young developing receivers. I'm sure he's a great locker room presence at the very least.
    You don't bring in guys from locker room presence. Yeah, TO has baggage, but at least he bring production. The same can't be said for Ward.

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    Ward to retire

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    PITTSBURGH -- Hines Ward believes he can still play football. The longtime Pittsburgh wide receiver known for his high-wattage smile and his bone-crunching blocks just couldn't stomach the thought of doing it in some strange uniform on some strange field with nary a Terrible Towel in sight.

    "I just wouldn't feel right," Ward said.

    So rather than play for a 15th season -- and his first outside the Steel City -- a tearful Ward opted to retire on Tuesday and secure a legacy unmatched in the franchise's long history.

    "I can say I'm a Steeler for life and that's the bottom line, that's all I've really ever wanted," Ward said.

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