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Will Ward Walk Away if the Steelers Beat Green Bay?

There’s been talk about the future of Hines Ward when it comes to being a member of the black and gold past next Sunday’s game vs the Packers.

It’s not like the Steelers would dump Ward or trade him, but Ward at one point stated that once he was the winner of three Super Bowls, he would retire. So would he?

“My mom asked me that the other day. I really haven’t thought about it, to be honest,” Ward said in the Tribune-Review. “I don’t want to make an emotional decision based off that.”

Ward is still a big part of the Steelers offense, but the team has started to admit that Mike Wallace is now the #1 wide out, and also don’t forget about rookies Antonio Brown and Emanuel Sanders, both of who will be looking for more playing time next year.

The 34-year-old Ward holds 14 team receiving records, including most yards (11,702), catches (954) and touchdowns (84). He also was the Super Bowl XL MVP.

“I know Jerome went out on top and stuff like that,” Ward said. “I really haven’t thought about it. I just want to be singly focused on winning this ballgame and figure out what is going to happen after that.”

If the Steelers win, it gives Ward a shot to end on top. Will he actually do it though with it seems a lot of gas left in the tank? I am betting not.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Gordon

    January 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    he better not! that is totally not warm and fuzzy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdnd1BfNDj8 (Black And Yellow Parody)

  2. Emily McVicker

    January 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm

  3. DrGeorge

    January 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Matt, I doubt that he will retire while he is still an essential cog in the offensive machine. Wallace, Sanders, and Brown are all reliable receivers, but none of them (a) catches balls in traffic as well as Hines or (b) blocks anywhere near as well as Hines. His skills have not eroded significantly with age. He sees the ball less than in previous years because there are so many other weapons at Ben’s disposal. That’s actually a good thing.

    If Hines had the mindset of the average fan, he would have retired after his second Super Bowl ring, with his brains and knees intact. So far he’s been very lucky in terms of injury. That he still pays the game at such a high level and with such enthusiasm tells me he’s doing it for the love of the game. As long as the game is fun, Hines will play, and the Steelers will want him to play. Moreover, Hines knows his body well; he keeps himself in top shape. When the time comes, he’ll let us know, hopefully at the start of his last year, so the fans can give one of its best the grateful farewell he deserves.

  4. Mike

    January 29, 2011 at 10:25 am

    HOw many years does he left on his contract? They are usually back loaded so if the final year is the most lucrative, he will be more willing to stay. I hope he stays either way.

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