Saturday, March 24, 2012

Hines Ward retiring

To honor his Korean heritage, Hines Ward decorated his face
and his uniform with the Han•gŭl characters ㄴ, ㄱ, and ㅇ.

We got word last month that the Pittsburgh Steelers were letting go of Korean-American (and Black American) football sensation Hines Ward. Now we're getting news that, rather than playing football on another team besides the Steelers, Mr Ward has decided to leave the NFL entirely.

From ESPN:
Hines Ward believes he can still play football. The longtime Pittsburgh wide receiver known for his high-wattage smile and his bone-crunching blocks just couldn't stomach the thought of doing it in some strange uniform on some strange field with nary a Terrible Towel in sight.

Hines Ward could have chased another ring or paycheck in another uniform but it wouldn't have been for the Steelers and that just wouldn't be right, Jamison Hensley writes. Blog

"I just wouldn't feel right," Ward said.

So rather than play for a 15th season -- and his first outside the Steel City -- a tearful Ward opted to retire on Tuesday and secure a legacy unmatched in the franchise's long history.

"I can say I'm a Steeler for life and that's the bottom line, that's all I've really ever wanted," Ward said.

Ward holds every significant franchise receiving record, including receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. His 1,000 career catches rank eighth all-time and he is one of two players with at least 1,000 receptions and two Super Bowl rings.
Good on him for such loyalty. Now I hope he can head to Korea and work on some of the inclusion projects with which he'd previously been involved. Here are some suggestions.



  1. It wasn't "Good on him for such loyalty."

    It was that he couldn't find any team to hire him due to the old baggage (his decaying skills and body), and recent DUI, that he brings to the table.

    In a league all about the passing nowadays, Ward definitely is well past his prime and all the other teams, and their scouts, know it.

  2. Even if what you're saying is correct, his "loyalty" stretches back fourteen years beyond this season.

  3. If any team were willing to take a gamble and pay him what he wants (remember, he has spent the last several weeks testing his worth on the open market), he'd do a Peyton (as Montana and Farve did) and go where the money is or wasn't in his case. Loyalty just makes it sound better than "no one wants me."

  4. Good on him that he retired when he should. I agree with John that at 36 he is nearly finished as a player. Could he play another year or two for another team? Sure. Or he might end up on the bench while guys 10 years younger than him get to play. It's unusual that anyone lasts that long in the league, let alone for one team. End of the day, I'm glad he had a good run and didn't do a Brett Favre at the end of it.


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