03-20-2012, 03:02 PM
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Wardís spot in Canton should be a matter of when not if
Posted by Mike Florio on March 20, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT
With receiver Hines Ward retiring after 14 NFL seasons, all with the Steelers, the obvious question becomes whether he has done enough to secure a bronze bust in Canton. Surprisingly, plenty of fans presume he has no shot, given an ever-growing logjam of wideout whose numbers have been pumped up by a proliferation of passing.
But Wardís credentials include something the Andre Reeds and Cris Carters and Tim Browns and (in time) Terrell Owens and Randy Mosses donít: a Super Bowl ring. More accurately, two of them. (Having a Super Bowl MVP trophy doesnít hurt, either.)
The fact that he generated 1,000 receptions (eighth on the all-time list) for 12,083 yards (18th) and 85 touchdowns (13th) despite playing for a team that doesnít exactly air it out makes his numbers more impressive.
Them thereís the fact that Ward has more career catches that Steelers Hall of Fame wideouts John Stallworth and Lynn Swann, combined.
Throw in a reputation for being a tenacious blocker with an infectious smile and no inclination to act like a diva, and Ward becomes a legitimate candidate for Canton.
In the end, the rings likely will make the difference.
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