Hines Ward Released
March 1, 2012 by staff
Hines Ward Released, Hines Ward’s constant, ear-to-ear smile tucked behind a black facemask has been a lasting image for Pittsburgh Steelers fans the past 14 seasons.
They won’t see it again. At least, not in a black-and-gold uniform.
The franchise’s all-time leader in just about every meaningful receiving category will be released sometime in the next two weeks said president Art Rooney II on the team’s website on Wednesday.
Hines Ward’s release shows the painful side of sports, but the Steelers made the right call by deciding to release him, writes Jamison Hensley. Blog
Ward, who turns 36 next week, was due to earn $4 million next season. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, citing an unnamed source, reported Thursday that the Steelers didn’t approach Ward about taking a pay cut in order to remain on the team.
“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,” Rooney said. “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.”
A four-time Pro Bowl selection and MVP of the 2006 Super Bowl, Ward will finish his Steelers career with 1,000 catches, 12,083 yards and 85 receiving touchdowns. He helped Pittsburgh to three AFC championships and a pair of Super Bowl wins.
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