Best All Around Receiver In NFL: Hines Ward

Brad HillContributor IOctober 19, 2009

PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 4:  Wide receiver Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after a catch in the third quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Heinz Field on October 4, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The knack on Hines Ward has always been that he doesn’t put up the numbers needed to be the NFL best receiver or because he is not flashy enough. But in 2009 Hines Ward is having the best season of his career and the best season of any receiver in the NFL.

Through six games Ward has a league best 41 catches for a league best 599 yards and he adds two touchdowns.

Other top Receivers:  rec.       yrds      td

Andre Johnson          36          572      4

Randy Moss              38          496      4

Reggie Wayne           32          459      4

Larry Fitzgerald         35          360      5 (only 5 games) (yrds/game 72 to Wards 99.8)

Ward has played for the Steelers his entire career he doesn’t complain like T.O, he doesn’t play when he wants to like Randy Moss, and he doesn’t complain about his contract like a host of receivers in the NFL.

With playing for the Steelers, a run oriented team, for his entire career except for a few outlying years. This year the Steelers are opening up the offense and Ward is putting up numbers.

Not only is Ward putting up the numbers he is also the best blocking receiver easily ahead of every other receiver in this aspect of receiving.

When Hines Ward retires he will be the all time leading Steelers receiver and top 5 to 7 receiver to ever play in the NFL.

Ward's current career statistics:

841 catches     10,379 yards and 74 touchdowns

Ward is only 33 years old and does not seem to be aging. You could see him putting up good numbers for some years to come.