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Old 03-04-2012, 07:42 AM   #11
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Default Re: Hines Ward: take Pittsburgh's hint, hang 'em up

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Hang it up and pursue a career in the entertainment industry. He has the personality and enthusiasm for it.
Good thought. But his competitiveness, which is what makes him great, is also what makes it so hard for him to accept that his football career is over.
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:49 AM   #12
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From what I understand, Ward was not given the opportunity, by the organization, to discuss taking a pay cut. The team just cut him.

Kind of a shame, in my opinion. Ward's a great player who the fans love and the team loves, but management won't give him a chance to follow in the footsteps of Jerome Bettis, who took a significant paycut to finish his career in Pittsburgh.

All I can do is shake my head.

The money/paycut is not the primary issue.
Performance and the ability to contribute is the primary issue.
Emotions aside, what could you expect Hines to contribute next year?
Still able to block, could find a seam in the red-zone.
That's it. A very limited role to occupy a valuable roster spot with little upside.
IT WAS TIME TO MOVE ON.
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:24 AM   #13
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Default Re: Hines Ward: take Pittsburgh's hint, hang 'em up

It was time to move on at the end of 2010
I have been saying this (check my posts)
Aaron Smith should have been gone at the end of 2010 also
Wasting roster spots on these old fogggies is not good

Hines is the epitome of what a Steeler should be
Football is temporary and all gladiators get old and they need to retire
Some know when
Some dont
Hines didnt
So he had to go
No pay cut, no special teams,
Just get out

Sad
But we have to move on
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:14 PM   #14
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Default Re: Hines Ward: take Pittsburgh's hint, hang 'em up

I don't see why everyone thinks Hines Ward is "done".

He did just fine for us in 2010, and I dont think I am being unreasonable to think a guy does not go from superstar to bench-warmer in one offseason.....you can't eat that many Twinkies.

Ward just does not fit our scheme anymore. We have a stable of fast, agile receivers, and there is no roster space for an aging possession receiver, even one as reliable as Ward.

I wish he would have retired as well, but my call? I say he turns up next year in a Colt's uniform.... Familiarity with Bruce Arians (who has been working wtih Steelers receivers and QBs since 2006), a new system. he could help the Colts mature Andrew Luck and bring him up to speed.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:37 PM   #15
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Default Re: Hines Ward: take Pittsburgh's hint, hang 'em up

As a huge Hines Ward fan, I agree with the original article and I wish he would retire. He wanted a Jerome Bettis type of final year deal but the basic football truth is that Bettis could contribute more in that final year than Hines could next year.

I agree with the last poster - Hines may still be able to contribute but not on a talent laden WR corp like the Steelers.
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