Hines Ward retires as a Pittsburgh SteelerPITTSBURGH - Hines Ward, the all-time leading receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, retired from the NFL on Tuesday after 14 seasons, all of them spent with the Steel City club.
Ward caught 1,000 passes for 12,083 yards and 85 touchdowns, all of them Steeler records, and his tenure with the team was eclipsed only by 15-year center Mike Webster.
After being released by the Steelers, Ward said he did not want to play for any other NFL club.
“Today I’m officially retiring as a Pittsburgh Steeler,” Ward said.
“And as much as I will miss football, my teammates, coaches and the game, I don’t want to play in any other uniform.
“The black and gold runs deep in me and I will be a Steeler for life.”
Ward, who was born in Korea, helped the Steelers win the 2006 Super Bowl over Seattle, earning Most Valuable Player honors, and helped bring Pittsburgh a record sixth Super Bowl title by defeating Arizona in the 2009 Super Bowl.
Sniffling and fighting back tears, Ward thanked the Steelers’ supporters for loyalty throughout the years.
“You guys have given me the best years of my life,” he said. “I will never forget that. Never.”