For both the Pittsburgh Steelers and their fans, it is surreal to think that Hines Ward has just been released. The third-round pick out of Georgia has been an integral part of the Steelers offense ever since he joined them in 1998. Ward has spent all 14 of his seasons with the Steelers and has been vastly influential to their success which resulted in two Super Bowl titles in four years.
Yet Ward pledges to return for a 15th season in 2012. It will be extremely bizarre to see Ward in any color other than black and gold but nevertheless, that looks like what will happen this season.
Though the Steelers may have made the right decision by cutting Ward, not having him on the team will be hard this season. Here are four reasons why I think the Steelers will miss Ward in 2012.