Tuesday March 2o, 2012 marks the day that Steeler great Hines Ward hangs up his cleats. Ward is fresh off of a down year where he had his lowest total in receptions since his rookie year. Ward was the 3rd/4th option on the Steelers receiving corps last year. Because of the emerging young guns the Steelers have and Ward slowing down a step during the off-season the Steelers cut their former number one receiver. Ward bled Black and Yellow so even though he felt he had a few years left in the tank he couldn’t see himself playing for any other organization than the Steelers.
Ward was picked in the 3rd round in the 1998 draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played 14 years in the NFL all for the Steelers. Ward finished his career with 1000 catches which ranks him 8th all time, 12,083 yards which ranks him 18th all time, 85 touchdowns which ranks him 15th all time. Ward won two Superbowls, was the Superbowl MVP in 2005, 4 time Pro Bowler and even won Dancing with the Stars (yeah I had to throw that in there).
Besides being a good receiver Ward will be remembered for being a devastating blocker. The block he had on Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers (received a broken jaw from the block) changed how they officiated crack back blocks by receivers. The Steelers and the NFL as a whole will miss his toughness and the way he played the game with so much heart. Enjoy your retirement, I know a lot of people who you have blocked hope you stay retired.
I think Ward is on the border of making the Hall of Fame. Do you think he is a Hall of Famer? Let us know!