Steelers WR May Be Playing His Final Nfl Season

Bob MarleyCorrespondent IApril 9, 2009

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 7:  Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs with the ball during their NFL game against the Dallas Cowboys on December 7, 2008 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Cowboys 20-13. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

With the 2009 season nearing, many questions are left unanswered. The most important question, I believe, is the possibility of losing Hines Ward to free agency, or even worse, retirement.

Hines Ward is a 33-year-old WR whose passion is to win football games by any means necessary.

With that being said, Hines Ward is no longer young, and his knees have been a re-occurring problem for the last couple of years.

These are a few reasons why Hines will either be let go, or retire after this season.

Reason 1: Hines Ward has bad knees that have taken a beating over the years. That is the one constant problem that Hines Ward will face.

Reason 2: Hines Ward enjoys blocking and playing hard, which can take many years off of a career for a player. In Hines Ward's case, he is lucky that he has made it this far. Every Baltimore Raven has been trying to kill him since he was drafted.

Sorry Baltimore, you take a gun onto a field, fire six rounds and Hines would still be able to knock one of your players out (just ask Keith Rivers of Cincinnati).

Reason 3: Hines would want to retire as a Steeler rather than play for a crappy team like the Raiders. If Pittsburgh doesn't feel the need to re-sign him, this may be his best option.

Leave some feedback on what you feel the Steelers will do with Hines Ward.