For any youngster, Hines Ward should be the player they model themselves after. He's extremely tough, for one, he's smart, and he's great at what he does.He is constantly seen smiling and never seems to be upset about anything.
At any time during a Steelers game, you could see Kines ward lay out some defensive player on the other team. This is very rare for a wide receiver, especially one on the smallish side at only 6'0'' tall.
But it's not because the player he destroys was talking trash earlier or said something about his mother, it's because Hines Ward just loves to block, he enjoys hitting people. You normally see that in a defensive player. Not a wide out. But on the other side of it, Hines could get hit real hard by the opposition and get up real quick and shake it off. It doesn't affect him.
Last year, the owners were asked to vote for the most intelligent player in the league was that was not a quarterback. Guess who they said, Hines Ward. Not only does Ward do things that no other receiver does in the league, he is extremely smart. He knows what is going on at all times, where to go after he catches it, who's going to be where. He is smarter than most players in the league.
Hines Ward is also an excellent wide receiver. His career stats prove it. He leads the Steelers in most receiving categories. Note that some other great Steelers receivers like John Stallworth, Lynn Swann, both Hall of Famers.
One of the most memorable moments I have of Hines Ward's greatness was a game against the Atlanta Falcons. DeAngelo Hall was then, the fastest player in the league. Ward caught a pass and lost a shoe, then proceeded to outrun Hall to the end zone. I was immediately out of my seat and cheering, I felt so great and I didn't even do anything!
Earlier I saw an article called "Joe Torre: the Epitome of Class". Well I'm going to say that Hines Ward is the Epitome of Tough.