No Hines Ward In Tampa BayMarch 1st, 2012
Joe had been waiting to post this as some fans have asked him about this potential transaction.
Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Steelers decided to part ways with arguably their best receiver in franchise history, Hines Ward.
Of course, Joe was asked about the Bucs maybe picking him up. The answer should be, “No.”
Now Ward is one of Joe’s all-time favorite players. Dude had a linebacker’s mentality in a wide receiver’s body. He just loved to lay out linebackers on blocks. Of course, linebackers, not used to getting lit up by a wide receiver, often claimed he was dirty as a result.
Few players loved the game like Ward. Whenever he made any kind of a tough catch over the middle, or blasted a linebacker, he’d get up with that beaming ear-to-ear smile.
In the last few years with Father Time catching up to him, with other, younger wide receivers eating away at his playing time, Ward never said a word. He never took to the Internet on a weekly basis, never resorted to using props to call attention to himself, never did sit ups in his driveway all in an effort to get on the field.
Instead, Ward did what all good teammates do: He helped out the younger guys and supported them up best he could. Ward was more worried about wins then headlines.
Wrap it all up, and that’s Joe’s kind of player. A dude who does everything asked of him all at 110 percent, a guy that dearly loves the game, a person whose only goal was the scoreboard. A class act.
Would Joe love to have Ward’s attitude on the sidelines and in practices? You bet. But Joe has to think with his head when it comes to football, not his heart.
Joe has one simple axiom when it comes to the NFL: If Ted Thompson and/or Kevin Colbert don’t want you, then neither should Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik.
Ward was willing to stay with the Steelers at a much reduced salary. Colbert never attempted to renegotiate Ward’s salary.
That’s all Joe needs to know.