October 9, 2011; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward (86) celebrates his touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

A Moment Of Respect For Hines Ward

I know it is a Chargers fan site, but I have to pay some respect to one of the football players that played the wide receiver position at a different level: Hines Ward. He was constantly seen on the field with that smile on his face and you know it was because he NAILED a defensive back or some other defender. He just knew how to rip the opposing team’s heart  out.  He played with a toughness that will go unmatched and he is a Hall of Famer in my book. I HATED you so much Hines, but it was all out of respect! Congrats on a great career!

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  • RussellGrant

    Hines Ward was a competitor in every sense of the word.  He went out with one thing on his mind:  Beat you anyway he could.  He would try and outrun you, beat you in coverage or if he got a chance, lay you out with a block.  My hat is off to the man.  That kind of wide out is rare.

  • jjsmith

    I was hoping the Chargers would bring him in as a 3rd/4th receiver – I like what the Chargers did instead, but I thought this guy would be great for Vincent Brown & would bring that championship mentality to the team.  Can you imagine how Rivers & Ward would work together, firing each other up and getting in the heads of the opponents?? The guy may not be in his prime anymore, but he knows how to play to win, not just the game or the Super Bowl, but every snap.  Excellent role model and team leader, I really wish he could’ve been brought to San Diego to share his experience with our team.

    • RussellGrant

       @jjsmith Wonder if he could be convinced to be a receivers coach

      • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

         @RussellGrant  @jjsmith i dont know why i like that idea so much… but i bet his loyalties would make him do it for pittsburgh first! 

        • BoJackRusso

           @epadaon  @RussellGrant  @jjsmith Hey you guys, he could definitely be a WR coach, but as far as SD goes, I think we’re doing OK with a hall of famer named Charlie Joiner in that department. Maybe next year after Norv gets fired and Charlie becomes OC, LOL.

        • RussellGrant

           @BoJackRusso  @epadaon  @jjsmith  No calling for Norv’s head now.  We haven’t even had training camp start yet.  At least wait for a while. Though when the it was apparent that AJ’s butt is in the hot seat he started to deliver.  OK, call for his head.  He should at least be breaking down tape.

  • BoJackRusso

    I’m surprised. I really didn’t think he’d retire. But yeah, he always had that big smile and you knew he just loved the game, played it like a kid. He sure never gave up on a play and was one receiver never afraid to throw a block downfield. Class act.