It sounds like Hines Ward needs to leave St. Vincent College in a time machine, rather than a car.
That’s how badly the veteran wide receiver wants Sept. 11 to get here.
“Preseason’s good but my mind’s focusing on one team and that’s Baltimore,” Ward said today.
The Steelers, who break camp Thursday, visit the Ravens on the second Sunday of September — for what may be the most anticipated game of the first week of the season.
Ward is so looking forward to the renewal of arguably the best rivalry in the NFL that he actually watched the Ravens play the Eagles in a preseason game last week.
Ward shrugged off the additions the Ravens have made for this season, saying he doesn’t pay attention to what other teams do from a personnel standpoint.
It did, however, catch his attention that the Ravens cut a pair of veteran pass catchers, wide receiver Derrick Mason and tight end Todd Heap, for salary cap purposes.
“Some organizations feel like they have to go young,” Ward said. “I think we do a great job of mixing veteran guys with a nucleus of young guys that are waiting in the wings. But you have to learn from the veteran guys who know what it takes year in and year out. “I think we have a great (understanding) of how we do things around here. When you lose a Mason or a Heap that does a lot to a locker room. Those guys were emotional leaders out there. All of the pressure comes on (Joe) Flacco probably.”
— Scott Brown