Hines Ward will not be a Hall of Famer anytime soon.
He announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday after a great 14-year career playing receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers. On the same day Peyton Manning was being introduced as the new quarterback of the Denver Broncos, Ward emotionally declared he could not see himself wearing any other uniform than that of the Steelers'.
Where does his career rank among the all-time greats who have played the game?
Super Bowl MVP, four-time Pro Bowler, and over 1,000 career catches make for quite an impressive resume. Although his career was far above average, it will likely not be enough translate to a Hall of Fame jacket in Canton, Ohio.
Here are three large obstacles that stand between him and the Hall of Fame.