- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward announced his retirement in an emotional half-hour news conference.
Wearing a black shirt and jacket along with a black and gold tie, Ward said he believed he could still play but he didn't want to play for another team.
"Today I am officially retiring as a Pittsburgh Steeler," Ward said while fighting back tears. "And as much as I will miss football, my teammates, coaches and everything about the game, I don’t want to play in any other uniform. The black and gold runs deep with me, and I will remain a Steeler for life.”
I will provide my thoughts on Ward's retirement shortly.