While it still remains to be seen whether Hines Ward ever suits up for the Pittsburgh Steelers again, there can be no disputing the fact that Ward is the most productive wide receiver in franchise history. And it’s not even close.
The Steelers have had some magnificent receivers, including a pair from the 1970s – Lynn Swann and John Stallworth – who are in the Hall of Fame. But the statistics of those two Hall of Famers could be added together and still come up short to the numbers that Ward has accumulated.
The fact that the league has turned into a passing (and receiving) league cannot be argued. The numbers of many Hall of Fame QBs and WRs from the 1970s pale in comparison to what today’s players are putting up. But the records are there for fans to look at, and right there in black and white, the numbers say Ward is easily the best WR to ever suit up for the Steelers.
But if that’s the case, why is he not considered a lock for Canton? Add in the fact that there’s a...