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Your thoughts on Ward retirement?

4/16/2010

WardWardI had an interesting discussion with football fans on our AFC North Twitter this morning about Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward, who recently said he'd retire after this season if he gets one more championship.

So I wanted to continue this discussion in the division blog: How would you feel if/when Ward retires?

In my opinion, Ward is the most polarizing athlete in the AFC North. In my six seasons covering teams within the division, I've never seen a player more beloved and respected by his fans and teammates who draws equally strong negative emotions from rivals and opposing fans.

You either love Ward for his all-out style or you hate him. Steeler Nation feels he's a throwback player, while many opponents believe he plays dirty.

But at 34, Ward will be hanging up the cleats soon. So what will your thoughts be when Ward retires?