Pittsburgh Steelers’ Hines Ward retires from NFL after 14 seasons

By on Mar 21, 2012 in Football, Sports, United States Comments

Pittsburgh Steelers‘ wide receiver Hines Ward announced on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 that he is retiring from the National Football League (NFL), after playing for 14 seasons.

Hines Ward during Super Bowl XLIII in 2009
Image Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

As noted by NFL on its official website that day, Hines Ward announced his retirement via a press conference at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex in Pittsburgh, after he was released by the Steelers early this month.

“The city and this organization mean the world to me. So today, as sadly as it feels to me right now, I hope today will be a good day for everybody here. I don’t want to play in any other uniform. The black and gold runs deep in me and I will remain a Steeler for life.” Ward said during the news conference.

“To my fans and Steeler nation: No words can express how much you mean to me. Today is what you mean to me. Thanks for all the love and support through the OTAs, mini camps, training camps, injuries, Super Bowls and the lockout, just through it all. You guys have given me the best years of my life and I will never forget that. Never.” Ward added.

Based on NFL history, Hines Ward was originally drafted by the Steelers in the third round (92nd overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft out of Georgia; and has ended his career as the Steelers‘ all-time leading receiver, totaling 1,000 receptions for 12,083 yards with 85 touchdowns.

Ward, who turned 36 last March 8, was named the Super Bowl XL MVP in 2006 when he caught five passes for 123 yards with a touchdown. In his 14 years in the NFL, he helped the Steelers win two Super Bowls, three AFC Championships and six division titles.

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