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08:05 AM ET 01.10 | While it was natural to wonder after Sunday's stunning overtime loss whether Hines Ward had played his last NFL game, he is apparently not ready to hang up his cleats. The fall for Hines Ward this season was precipitous. After all, the four-time Pro Bowler lost his starting job to Antonio Brown in November, and his 46-catch, 381-yard, two-touchdown performance this season was the worst stat line since his rookie season. But, contrary to what some speculated (his teammates, for instance), the Steelers receiver is not going to step away from the game, announcing on his Facebook page that he???ll return next season. ... "I have no plans on retiring right now. I want to win another Superbowl (sic)."

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January 10, 2012  08:07 AM ET

Might as well return... Steelers have as good a shot as anyone next year.

January 10, 2012  08:10 AM ET

Ward isn't retired??? He plays like he is......

January 10, 2012  08:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Ward isn't retired??? He plays like he is......

I know right.....He was hardly on the field all season.

January 10, 2012  08:32 AM ET

I'm afraid he's taking advice from Javhid Best. Neither of them should be playing next year.

January 10, 2012  08:38 AM ET

You can always Dance for a Living!!!

January 10, 2012  08:41 AM ET

What is it about WR's that makes them too $tubborn to walk away?

January 10, 2012  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I know right.....He was hardly on the field all season.

That fact pleased a lot of dbs around the nfl

January 10, 2012  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Ward isn't retired??? He plays like he is......

Y'know, I was watching the game on Sunday and I kept wondering if he was retired or injured. Then they showed him on the bench. I would have thought that with Big Ben limping worse than Dr. House that they'd have his old security blanket out there to throw to when he got in trouble.

Is it just that he can't get it done anymore? Are the other wideouts really a better option?

January 10, 2012  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Y'know, I was watching the game on Sunday and I kept wondering if he was retired or injured. Then they showed him on the bench. I would have thought that with Big Ben limping worse than Dr. House that they'd have his old security blanket out there to throw to when he got in trouble.Is it just that he can't get it done anymore? Are the other wideouts really a better option?

It's pretty hard to pull Wallace or Brown off the field right now. Hines seems to be OK with being a situational player, and I think that the Steelers will be fine with the idea also

January 10, 2012  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

What is it about WR's that makes them too $tubborn to walk away?

Good question. You'd think more of them would be like T.O. and walk away gracefully!

January 10, 2012  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

It's pretty hard to pull Wallace or Brown off the field right now. Hines seems to be OK with being a situational player, and I think that the Steelers will be fine with the idea also

I hope he stays. I always admire guys who go out there and play really hard every down.

January 10, 2012  09:14 AM ET

He's become a non-factor.

January 10, 2012  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I hope he stays. I always admire guys who go out there and play really hard every down.

+1... I'm a fan of the dude.

January 10, 2012  09:26 AM ET

He ain't going no-where he's got a few cheap shots left in him

January 10, 2012  09:56 AM ET

He's always been a competitor and without the distractions he had this year with Dancing with the Stars, he may be able to pull of a few more years of playing well. I am the biggest Steeler hater in the world, but I've always had a ton of respect for Ward because he is so hard nosed as a WR!

January 10, 2012  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Y'know, I was watching the game on Sunday and I kept wondering if he was retired or injured. Then they showed him on the bench. I would have thought that with Big Ben limping worse than Dr. House that they'd have his old security blanket out there to throw to when he got in trouble.Is it just that he can't get it done anymore? Are the other wideouts really a better option?

With Sanders, Brown, Wallace and Crochery, his playing time was limited, he still has a lot in the tank though,he will probably come back on the cheap next year, great mentor to the young guys, future HOF, and probably a coach in the future.

January 10, 2012  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

What is it about WR's that makes them too $tubborn to walk away?

Pretty typical of most elite athletes...remember Emmitt as a Cardinal? ugh...or Favre as a Viking? LOL....

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January 10, 2012  11:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I hope he stays. I always admire guys who go out there and play really hard every down.

I do too. I've always liked him.

The Steelers need to address the O-line issues & bring in some new blood on defense, too.

St. Timothy of the Rockies will get his rear end handed to him this weekend.

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January 10, 2012  03:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

It's pretty hard to pull Wallace or Brown off the field right now. Hines seems to be OK with being a situational player, and I think that the Steelers will be fine with the idea also

The Steelers have the best young crop in the league, between Brown, Wallace and Sanders. They are really high on a young TE as well.. Hines will stick it out for one more.. you never know with injuries how a year plays out anyway.

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