Hines Ward did not address his future when asked about it following the Steelers’ 29-23 loss in Denver.
“I’m not even thinking about that,” he said. “Next question.”
Ward took to social media today to answer that question.
Responding to a report that said Ward had likely played his last game Sunday, the Steelers’ all-time leading receiver wrote on Facebook, “I have no plans on retiring right now. I want to win another Superbowl. I don’t know where the media is getting this info from but rest assured that when I decide to retire, you’ll hear it from ME first.”
Ward will likely address the subject of retirement Tuesday, following his exit interview with coach Mike Tomlin.
I think the Steelers should bring Ward back for another season –- and it has nothing to do with allowing him to play his entire career in Pittsburgh.
Ward is a good mentor to Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders, all of whom would benefit from spending another year around Ward in meeting rooms, the locker room and on the practice field.
Ward is also under no illusion that he would be anything more than the Steelers’ No. 4 wide receiver next season. He handled his demotion this season with professionalism, and if he truly thought he had gotten a raw deal, that he should have been featured more in the passing game, why would he be willing to return to the Steelers?
Assuming the price is right –- and Ward would have to take a significant pay cut to return to the Steelers -– this would be a perfect match for one more season.
Ward, secure in all that he has accomplished on an individual basis, wants one more shot at a third Super Bowl ring. The Steelers would get his veteran leadership for one more season, and they already know that he will put the team before himself.
Sounds like a win-win to me.
– Scott Brown