Hines Ward

February 12, 2012 at 8:28 am 2 comments


It is not often that a wide receiver prefers to block than catch balls. A rare example of such a wide receiver, would be Hines Ward. For the longest time, the Steelers Organization was built around a ground and pound, hard nosed, black and blue philosophy. A wide receiver that prefers to block and lay opposing defenders out fits the mold of this organization. A memorable, although not necessarily positive moment in his career, was when he administered a vicious hit on Bengal’s linebacker Keith Rivers, breaking Rivers’ jaw. This effectively ended Rivers’ rookie campaign.

For all the accolades Ward has been given for his blocking prowess, he also leads the Pittsburgh Steelers organization in all-time receiving yards. Ward is a very accomplished player who may one day be in the NFL Hall of Fame. He is the best blocking wide receiver in the history of the NFL. The Steelers Organization has been a perfect fit through his entire career. It has now come time however, for the Steelers to choose whether or not to keep an aging Ward.

Ward is no longer the Steelers first or second option at wide receiver. The emergence of Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown has given Ben two major vertical threats. The Steelers’ offense is changing from a run based offense, to a more pass based offense. Ward is not the receiver he used to be, and in my opinion, it may be a good idea for the Steelers and Ward to part ways.

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  • 1. Mike Frangione  |  February 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Nice tribute. Your take on this is interesting. I am glad that Ward has offered to restructure his deal to stay with the Steelers. Ward will be a tough guy to replace, no disrespect intended to Brown and Wallace, who have both been fun receivers to watch.

    Another interesting wrinkle to this is the rumors in Pittsburgh that the recent ‘retirement’ of offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was not a retirement at all. Rather that the Steelers organization wants the team to get back to being a more run oriented offense. Now that he’s in Indy, that word ‘retirement’ seems a bit silly, doesn’t it?

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  • 2. Mike Frangione  |  February 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Reblogged this on It Depends on What the Meaning of the Word 'Blog' is.

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