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lamberts-lost-tooth
08-05-2006, 01:48 PM
Saturday, August 5, 2006


As the Pittsburgh Steelers' all-time leading receiver, and fresh off a Super Bowl MVP performance, Hines Ward could probably ease into his ninth NFL training camp. But then he wouldn't be Hines Ward.
"I asked him the other day why he takes so many plays," said newcomer Ryan Clark. "I mean, he's already a superstar receiver. But he said he still has to work, still has to make the team every year. When you see a guy like that, a veteran leader, a Super Bowl MVP, there's no reason why a free agent or a young guy can't work hard every day."

Ward reported to camp at 205 pounds, which he says is the lightest of his career. He stays after practice every day to catch passes from a machine ? sometimes using just one hand to perfect his technique. He stays longer still to work out with rookie receiver Santonio Holmes.

Ward, a four-time Pro Bowler, just turned 30. Wouldn't simply maintaining his level of play at that age be enough work?

"Technically, yeah," Ward laughed. "But for me, that's who I am. I'm very competitive.

"I'm not content with winning a Super Bowl and Super Bowl MVP. I think there's a lot of room in my game I can always improve on and I won't be satisfied. I want to hit that 10,000-yard mark for my career; I want to be mentioned right there along with Stallworth and Swann; and of course I want to go out and win another Super Bowl."

Ward caught everything Ben Roethlisberger threw Wednesday night, the quarterback's best practice yet. But if Roethlisberger is back, so is Ward.

After averaging 95 catches for 1,124 yards each of the previous four seasons, Ward caught 69 passes for 975 yards last season. He did have 11 touchdown passes, just one off his career high, and moved into first place on the Steelers' all-time receptions list.

"Even though I didn't have great stats, I had a better year last year than I did the year I caught 112 balls," Ward said. "What I had to do without a guy like Plaxico Burress on the other side, and to still put up double-digit touchdowns and up my yards per catch, I did the little things, converted third downs and made big plays when I had to. So for me, that counts way more than stats."

Haiku_Dirtt
08-05-2006, 01:56 PM
:guitar:

HometownGal
08-05-2006, 02:11 PM
Hines Ward oozes style, class, true grit and fierce loyalty and exemplifies what every professional athlete should be made of. If you ever want a sports role model for your children or grandchildren, look no further than #86. :cool:

Black@Gold Forever32
08-05-2006, 02:52 PM
I love Hines Ward. He fits the mold of what a Pittsburgh Steelers should be. No shock to me that Hines is working so hard. He is the hardest working man in the NFL for a reason. I also think its going to pay off bigtime for Santonio Holmes since Hines has taken him under his wing.

Yea all that talk the Steelers will be lacking leadership this year is crap.

nicesteel4life
08-05-2006, 04:46 PM
He Will and is be the BEST RECIEVER ever to wear BLACK N GOLD

PisnNapalm
08-05-2006, 04:56 PM
Hines Ward is definitely of the same caliber as Stallworth and Swann.

Black@Gold Forever32
08-05-2006, 04:59 PM
Hines Ward is definitely of the same caliber as Stallworth and Swann.

When making the alltime Steelers team how can you chose the two starting WR's from those three? That would be tough.

Dynasty
08-05-2006, 07:27 PM
I would say Hines and Swann.

Hines for the possession reciever type guy, nad Swann for the acrobitic stuff

Haiku_Dirtt
08-05-2006, 08:57 PM
I would say Hines and Swann.

Hines for the possession reciever type guy, nad Swann for the acrobitic stuff

A different era. But Stallworth who came in a fourth round pick played 14 years . Swann came out of USC as a highly sought after and well polished receiver. I guess I don't really have a point. I wonder what some of the older school guys in here think about this.

They are all Hall Of Famers.

LambertIsGod58
08-06-2006, 08:20 AM
Ward is the best all around receiver that we ever had I don't know that I'd say he was the best receiver ever though.

Ohio Steeler
08-06-2006, 08:51 AM
Ward is the best all around receiver that we ever had I don't know that I'd say he was the best receiver ever though.


I could not agree more there, Swann is the best receiver in steelers history with Hines coming in 2nd

LambertIsGod58
08-06-2006, 09:05 AM
I could not agree more there, Swann is the best receiver in steelers history with Hines coming in 2nd


As far as receiver, I'd say that Stallworth was better than Hines...Not better as a complete receiver.

Black@Gold Forever32
08-06-2006, 09:23 AM
As far as receiver, I'd say that Stallworth was better than Hines...Not better as a complete receiver.

The thing with comparing these three WR's. Swann and Stallworth had more pure talent then Hines Ward. But I think it would be hard for anyone to match the heart that Hines Ward has. Its that heart and the hard work that made Hines Ward a great player.

LambertIsGod58
08-06-2006, 09:32 AM
The thing with comparing these three WR's. Swann and Stallworth had more pure talent then Hines Ward. But I think it would be hard for anyone to match the heart that Hines Ward has. Its that heart and the hard work that made Hines Ward a great player.


I can't argue with that!

Black@Gold Forever32
08-06-2006, 09:36 AM
I can argue with that!

? Whats your arguement?

LambertIsGod58
08-06-2006, 09:39 AM
LOL....It was suppose to say can't with that....

Black@Gold Forever32
08-06-2006, 09:42 AM
LOL....It was suppose to say can'twith that....

LOL I should have figured that. I'm alittle hung over right now. So my brain isn't all the way awake yet.

X-Terminator
08-06-2006, 10:28 AM
Admittedly I was one of the ones who rode his ass last summer during his contract holdout, but I have never doubted the man's desire, tenacity, heart and leadership qualities. He's everything that a Steeler should be, and more. I think the team will be in good hands now that the Bus is retired.

LambertIsGod58
08-06-2006, 10:31 AM
Admittedly I was one of the ones who rode his ass last summer during his contract holdout, but I have never doubted the man's desire, tenacity, heart and leadership qualities. He's everything that a Steeler should be, and more. I think the team will be in good hands now that the Bus is retired.


Are you saying that they were not in good hands with Bettis as the leader?:confused:

X-Terminator
08-06-2006, 10:36 AM
Are you saying that they were not in good hands with Bettis as the leader?:confused:

No, of course not! People keep bringing up the loss of leadership now that Bettis is retired, and I'm saying that we'll be just fine with Hines in that role because I think he's every bit the leader that Bettis was, and that we needn't worry about it. Sorry I wasn't clear on that!