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16. Hines Ward

A member of the Pittsburgh Steelers for his entire career, Hines Ward is one of the most successful Wide Receivers in team history, and that says an awful lot!

Ward joined Pittsburgh as their 1998 Third Round Pick from Georgia, and the Steel City was the first and last place that Ward would play in.  Ward saw limited action as a rookie but would become a regular starter as a sophomore. It was in 2001 where Ward came into his own, and in that year and the three after, he was a Pro Bowler and a 1,000 Yard plus receiver.

After that streak ended, Ward was still an upper-tier player, and in Super Bowl XL, he was electric with 123 Yards and a Touchdown. Ward’s Pro Bowl days might have been behind him, but the Wide Receiver still had a lot to offer Pittsburgh.  

Ward had two more years with at least 1,000 Receiving Yards, and he was again a large part of another Super Bowl win (XLIII). 

Ward retired after the 2011 season, and as of this writing, he is the all-time franchise leader in Receiving Yards (12,083) and Receiving Touchdowns (85).  The Steelers would induct him into their Hall of Honor in 2019.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Acquired: Selected in the 3rd Round, 92nd Overall in the NFL Draft 4/18/98.
  • Departed: Retired 3/20/12.
  • Games Played: 217
  • Notable Statistics:

    190 Games Started
    1,000 Receptions
    12,083 Receiving Yards
    85 Receiving Touchdowns
    57 Rushing Attempts
    428 Rushing Yards
    1 Rushing Touchdown 
    1 Punt Return
    2 Punt Return Yards
    8 Kick Returns
    210 Kick Return Yards
    1 Pass Completion
    2 Pass Attempts
    17 Passing Yards
    118 Approximate Value

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (XL & XLIII)
    Second Team All-Pro (2002, 2003 & 2004)
    Pro Bowl (2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004)
    Super Bowl MVP (XL)

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