Originally posted on SteelerAddicts  |  Last updated 3/21/12

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 10: Hines Ward #86 and James Farrior #51 of the Pittsburgh Steelers stand on the sideline during the game against the Cleveland Browns on December 10, 2009 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won the game 13-6. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
March 20, 2012 will go down in the hearts of all Steeler Nation as a momentous, sad, but also joyous time as we celebrated and reflected on the career of Hines Ward, a Steeler for the Steeler Nation. A clearly tearful and emotional Hines Ward, dressed in a black suit with a black, gold, and white striped tie took the podium in front of local and national media on Monday in Pittsburgh to announce his retirement from the NFL.  The patented Hines Ward smile was evident early but quickly turned to an emotion filled speech from the heart as he said his goodbye’s to the NFL world he’s known for the last 14 years. Current players Aaron Smith, James Harrison, Brett Keisel, and long time friend Jerome Bettis were in attendance to support Ward. Also there with him; Ambassador Dan Rooney, Art Rooney II, Kevin Colbert, Mike Tomlin and others. Harrison, aka Deebo even had a bet going that Ward about how long it would take for him to cry;  in a tweet James mentioned how he won the money at the 2 ...
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