Hines Ward crying during his press conference in which he announced his retirement.

About a month after being released from the Pittsburgh Steelers, wide receiver Hines Ward despite announcing that he still wanted to play football, announced today that he plans to retire.

“I just wouldn’t feel right,” Ward said. “I can say I’m a Steeler for life and that’s the bottom line, that’s all I’ve really ever wanted.”

Since being drafted in the third round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1998, the only team that Hines Ward has been on was Pittsburgh. Ward played 14 seasons with the black and yellow Pittsburgh Steelers and won two Super Bowls with the team as well as several awards including being the leader in Steelers career records for receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns.

However on February 29th, 2012 Hines Ward was released.

“We had a conversation today with Hines Ward and informed him that we plan to release him of his contract prior to the start of the 2012 NFL calendar year,” Rooney told Ward back in February. “Hines has been an integral part of our success since we drafted him in 1998, and we will forever be grateful for what he has helped us achieve.”

Though, despite taking in that very detonating news, Ward still felt that he had some more football left in him as he told reporters that he was still ready to play.

“I do feel that I still have more football left in me and I am looking forward to playing in the NFL, again, this upcoming season,” Ward said.

However, just about a month later (today), Hines Ward despite still having the same mindset that he could still play, announced that he’s going to retire.

“I feel like I have a few more good years in me left,” Ward said. “I would love nothing more to get back to the Super Bowl.”

Though he could only get back there with one team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“I want my legacy here to say, you know what he was one hell of a football player who gave it his all,” Ward said. “I’m truly blessed. I played in three Super Bowls, won two Super Bowls, was Super Bowl MVP … what more could a player want out of his entire football career?”

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