Today one of the greats in Steeler history, Hines Ward, announced his retirement after 14 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers. A tearful Hines Ward gave us, Steelers Nation, what we all wanted. That he will retire and remain a Steeler for life.
There had been stories put out there that possibly Hines could be playing elsewhere this season, but he also spoke about that and stated, “There’s been some interest from other teams...but I just couldn’t picture myself playing in another uniform.”
He is also not ruling out coaching down the line. He has already been a mentor/coach to his young receiver teammates. Ward said he had told them not to get caught up in stats. "One person can't win a Super Bowl" he said. He also told Mike Wallace that there is not another special place like Pittsburgh. I have to agree with him on that.
Wallace will not find another devoted fan base like Steeler Nation that will always have his back. The old saying goes "Black and Gold until I'm dead and cold." We as fans take that seriously.
Personally, I would love to see Hines come back as a receivers coach and groom these young guys. He has been like their coach since they became Steelers. This would only help improve their overall game by keeping them in the right mind-set that it isn't about stats, it is about winning games and championships. He could also mentor these guys in keeping them in the right mind frame of what it is to be a Steeler.