And if you thought he was, take those black and gold colored glasses off.
Apparently, some fans got the idea that Hines Ward could replace the suspended Martavis Bryant. I don’t know what would possibly even make someone think that Ward, who last played in 2011, could even make the attempt, but Ward shot down that crazy rumor on his Facebook page today. He writes.
“Hey fans, Just wanted to set the record straight based on some recent media chatter that I’ve been made aware of. – I just hit the big 4-0 and have no plans to come out of retirement any time soon. I am blessed to have played 14 years and will always support the Steeler organization. Appreciate all the love. You are the greatest fans in the world.”
As much as we love him, a 40 year old Ward is about as effective as the random stranger you pass on the street. It isn’t happening.
Even with a still strong wide receiver group minus Bryant, the team could add another receiver in the draft. Under Mike Tomlin, the Steelers have selected a wide receiver in all but two years. With Markus Wheaton heading into his final year, it’s smart to have that depth to give the team options coming out of this season. If you’re looking for receivers to target, check their 40 times. Antonio Brown aside, the Steelers prioritize speed with Wheaton, Bryant, and Sammie Coates all running in the 4.4’s.
Hines Ward never has, nor will he ever, run a 4.4. And he will not be on this roster in 2016. Or ever again.