PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 06: Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks at the scoreboard following their loss to the Baltimore Ravens during the game on November 6, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Hines Ward Announces His Retirement After 14 Seasons

Hines Ward announced his retirement from the NFL in a press conference Tuesday. For more, check out Steelers blog Behind The Steel Curtain.

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Hines Ward Career Stats: WR Retires 8th All-Time In Receptions

Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward announced his retirement on Tuesday at an afternoon press conference in Pittsburgh. Ward spent 14 seasons with the Steelers, the only franchise he played for in his career. The Steelers originally drafted Ward in the third round of the 1998 draft, but it took a few seasons before his impact really took to the field.

During Ward's tenure with Pittsburgh, he was able to rack up multiple franchise records. Ward holds the Steelers' records for receptions (1,000), receiving yards (12,083) and receiving touchdowns (85).

Ward was also a four-time Pro Bowl selection, three-time second team All-Pro selection and won two Super Bowls with the Steelers. In Super Bowl XL, Hines Ward won the MVP trophy with his five receptions for 123 yards, one touchdown and one rush for 18 yards.

As for NFL records, Ward finishes up eighth all-time in receptions, tied for 13th in touchdown receptions and 18th in receiving yards.

For more on Ward, check out Steelers blog Behind The Steel Curtain.

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Hines Ward Retires: Steelers WR Makes Announcement At Press Conference

Legendary Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward was released by the Steelers earlier in the month in what many thought was mostly a cap cutting move, but also signaled that the 14-year veteran's career may be coming to an end.

Amid initial denials that he was going to retire, Hines Ward announced his retirement from the NFL at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Ward was originally drafted by Pittsburgh in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft and spent his entire career with the Steelers, winning multiple Super Bowls and making four trips to the Pro Bowl.

"This isn't how I wanted this chapter of my career to end," Ward said in a statement after his release. "I did everything in my power to remain a Steeler and finish what I started here 14 years ago."

For more on Ward, check out Steelers blog Behind The Steel Curtain.

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Hines Ward Takes To Facebook To Deny Retirement Rumors

Despite reported speculation from inside Pittsburgh's locker room, Hines Ward is not yet ready to retire. The Steelers wide receiver shot down the rumor earlier Monday evening on his Facebook page:

I wanted take a moment to thank all of Steeler Nation for the love and support. I'm sorry for the disappointing loss. I'm still depressed about it. We had a great year finishing 12-4 but our ultimate goal was to win the Super Bowl and we fell short. Hats off to Denver. I'm also getting lots of questions about retirement so let me set the record straight: I have no plans on retiring right now. I want to win another Superbowl. I don't know where the media is getting this info from but rest assured that when I decide to retire, you'll hear it from ME first.

Ward, a 14-year veteran, is signed through 2013 after signing a four-year extension in 2009. But despite playing in 15 games, he had his least productive season since his rookie year, catching just 46 passes for 381 yards and two touchdowns. He lost his starting job to second-year receiver Antonio Brown, and there's at least a chance the Steelers may release him in the offseason.

Whenever Ward decides to retire, he'll leave the game as one of the most productive wide receivers the NFL has ever seen. He's been to four Pro Bowls and won two Super Bowls, and was named Super Bowl MVP in 2006. With exactly 1,000 career receptions, he ranks eighth on the NFL's all-time list, and with 85 career receiving touchdowns, 13th on the league's all-time list.

For more on Ward, check out Steelers blog Behind The Steel Curtain.

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Hines Ward Could Opt For Retirement, According To Report

Hines Ward, a Steelers receiver for the last 14 years, could be leaning toward retirement, according to a report.

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