Hines Ward Gets His 1,000th Catch

1/2/12 in NFL   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Earlier this year, Hines Ward's role was diminished by the fact that he is quite frankly past his prime.  While he still may have something left in the tank, Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown were pushing him down the depth chart.  Going into yesterday's season finale in Cleveland, Ward needed 5 catches to reach 1,000.  In the 4th quarter, he caught a pass that wasn't the prettiest, in fact it was a 3-yard loss.  But that catch was #1,000, and a final stamp on an already Hall of Fame worth career.

Ward has played in 3 Super Bowls, won 2 rings, and was MVP of Super Bowl XL.  During his 14-year career he has shattered every Steelers receiving record that had been previously held by John Stallworth.  He becomes just the 8th player in NFL history with 1,000 catches, and earlier this year became only the 19th in NFL history with 12,000 receiving yards.  His 85 touchdowns are most in franchise history, and getting 15 more of those will be difficult now.

I'd be a fool to not mention that my friend bought 3 tickets to the game yesterday as I spent New Year's in Cleveland with he and another friend of ours from college.  I'm proud to be able to say I got to see it happen in person.

So where does Ward go from here?  Does he come back for his 15th season next year, or is #1,000 the last?  If it is, he's got the stats, he's got the hardware, and here's to a HOF worthy career for a guy who has left everything on the field for 14 years.
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