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Ward wins Rooney Award – Says He Won’t Retire This Offseason

Congrats to receiver Hines Ward, who has been named the recipient of the 2011 Art Rooney Award. The award will be presented April 7th at the 38th annual Art Rooney Award Dinner and Auction at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. The event benefits the Catholic Youth Association.

The Rooney Award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Pittsburgh area in fields such as business, sports, politics, philanthropy, education and science.

Joyce Rothermel, CEO of the Pittsburgh Food Bank, will receive the John McGrady Award, given to the individual who has rendered outstanding community service. Rod Doss, publisher of the Pittsburgh Courier, will receive the Bill Burns Award, which honors a Pittsburgh media professional for journalistic excellence and community service.

In other Ward news, the wide out has squashed talk about him walking away from the game after this season. Ward has stated “several times, including the past week” that he has no plans to retire this offseason.

Ward suggested last offseason that he would walk away from the game if the Steelers win Super Bowl XLV, but it sounds like he’s now committed to play at age 35.

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.

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