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Hines Ward says he will NOT retire

Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:30 pm

By Josh Katzowitz

The fall for Hines Ward this season was precipitous. After all, the four-time Pro Bowler lost his starting job to Antonio Brown in November, and his 46-catch, 381-yard, two-touchdown performance this season was the worst stat line since his rookie season.

But, contrary to what some speculated (his teammates, for instance), the Steelers receiver is not going to step away from the game, announcing on his Facebook page that he’ll return next season.

As’s Mike Freeman reported Monday morning, Steelers teammates believed Ward might retire. But, Freeman wrote, “that doesn't mean it's set he will. That means some Steelers players believe it which means it's likely to happen. Ward is a different sort of dude. He could decide to hang on for one more year.”

That, Ward wrote, is exactly what he’s going to do:

“I'm also getting lots of questions about retirement so let me set the record straight: I have no plans on retiring right now. I want to win another Superbowl (sic). I don't know where the media is getting this info from but rest assured that when I decide to retire, you'll hear it from ME first.”

Ward, though, probably will have to be content by playing as a backup slot receiver for a Steelers receiving corps that is young and speedy. If, that is, he can make the team at all next year. Which might be a question heading into the 2012 season.

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Since: Dec 21, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:02 pm

Hines Ward says he will NOT retire

If Hines is coming back, he has to take a major paycut much like Bettis did over the final couple of seasons of his career.

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:16 pm

Hines Ward says he will NOT retire

Yes Jimmy Smith is another great example... He deserves to get in there as well but he may not ever get in.

Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:33 pm

Hines Ward says he will NOT retire

Jimmy smith aint getting into the hall of fame so what makes you think derek mason and hines ward are getting in! Jimmy smith was a much better receiver than both of those guys but he played for the jags and did cocaine but he still has 13k receiving yards in 10 years of playing ! Only rice had better production over a ten year period! I could possibly see hines in the hall of fame because he's been to the superbowl but not mason, no chance at all! Theirs just better receivers more deserving out there!

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:26 pm

Hines Ward says he will NOT retire

I think, in his case, it's better to call it a career. GB is in a similar situation wiht Donald Driver once this season is over. The guys have been great for the teams and communities and have been stand up players, but their time as effective players are pretty much over. I think you put your club in a hard position. THey can either honor the guy for all he has given to the team and let him stay on for past accomplishments, hoping that he can still get you some catches or they cut ties, which is probably warranted from the actual current production numbers, and he gets a lackluster year on a team that doesn't really have any connection to the guy. 

He has every right to stay and it's his decision, he's earned the right to it. But i think that, if you think of the overall situation, you do yourself and your team a solid by retiring BEFORE you become a liability that can't help the team. It keeps your "greatness" in the forefront of fans and ownerships minds, and it doesn't risk the fall from grace you'd experience by getting cut, being asked to leave, having a horrible year, or having to endure one last season of uninspired play on a different team. 


Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:58 pm

Hines Ward says he will NOT retire

> If Cliff Branch does not get in and Hines Ward does, the HOF is a JOKE.

Cliff Branch only had 500 receptions in 14 years.  That is only 35 catches/year.  That is 2-3 catches/game.  You really think that is HOF worthy??

Don't get me wrong, Branch was an incredible talent, and a game changer, but 2 catches/game is not going to get you in the HOF!

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:53 pm

Hines Ward says he will NOT retire

  I think Carter is a completely different circumstance.  He actually had much more accolades than Ward and Mason combined.  He also has better stats than all but 1 or 2 receivers in the history of the league.

His problem is: He was cut by Buddy Ryan.  He's known as much for what he put up his nose as all of his catches/touchdowns.  His exclusion has absolutly nothing to do with his stats.

Mason and Ward will both be first ballot guys.  Carter will be in pretty soon too, as his job on ESPN has done a lot to shore up his reputation...

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:52 pm

Hines Ward says he will NOT retire

Yeah and the HOF is so wishy washy about who gets in and who doesn't (particular WRs) ... Need i say Art Mode... nope.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:50 pm

Hines Ward says he will NOT retire

Whatya talking about Cris Carter made it right in? he was not right in...  took him a couple chances....

If Cliff Branch does not get in and Hines Ward does, the HOF is a JOKE.  Enough said.....

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:35 pm

Hines Ward says he will NOT retire

The Steelers may not give him another year as they need to get younger and fast. He may be too old and beat up - just an old player looking to live the dream one more year. Its sad when these guys try hanging on.

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:14 pm

Hines Ward says he will NOT retire

He's no different then any other sports guy. He will never want to retire until they kick him out. He will be kicked out next year if he does't retire. He is looking for one more paycheck and you can't really blame him for that. After all can't go back on dancing with the stars again. Next year will be it for this guy and his sh*t eatting grin. Super bowl? With what team. Not the Steelers that is for sure.

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