Steelers are set to release Hines Ward

Well this is an end of an era.  Steelers have announced that they will be releasing long time WR Hines Ward.

“We had a conversation today with Hines Ward and informed him that we plan to release him of his contract prior to the start of the 2012 NFL calendar year,” Steelers President Art Rooney II told the team’s website, “Hines has been an integral part of our success since we drafted him in 1998 and we will forever be grateful for what he has helped us achieve. He has meant so much to this organization, both on and off the field, and we appreciate his efforts over the past 14 years. Hines’ accomplishments are numerous, and he will always be thought of as one of the all-time great Steelers. We wish him nothing but the best.”

It seems Hines has been the face of the Steelers for as long as I can remember.  His toughness, hard work and overall nasty on field attitude has epitomized what the Pittsburgh Steelers are all about.  Will this mark the end of Hines Ward in the NFL?  He is one of those players that you just can’t picture in another uniform, like he was born to wear the Steelers’ black & gold.  Hines should retire, but more than likely he will go somewhere like the Jets.  They seem to be a good place for washed up wide receivers to go and die.


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