Jerry Rice. Brett Favre. Joe Montana. Hines Ward.
In about five or six years, all of these guys should be members of the NFL's Hall of Fame.
All of these men were the quintessential leaders of their respective teams, and all were booted out of town once the organization felt they were too old to continue playing. By announcing his retirement yesterday, Ward put himself in a different category than these Hall of Famers.
Rice, Favre and Montana all put on new colors after feeling spurned by the team with which they sustained their image. Hines Ward, the ultimate team player, could not bring himself to putting on a new uniform.
His retirement is a great example of putting the team first, which is what he did throughout his career. Even before he was cut, Ward was trying to figure out ways to take a pay cut in order to remain a Steeler. Unlike the other players, Ward is completely selfless and pays homage to the franchise that brought in the quarterback/receiver combo from the University of Georgia in 1998.
It's time to show Hines some love and look at the highlights of his Steelers career now that it has come to an end.