Steelers to release Hines Ward

Updated: March 1, 2012, 4:08 PM ET
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PITTSBURGH -- Hines Ward's constant, ear-to-ear smile tucked behind a black face mask has been a lasting image for Pittsburgh Steelers fans the past 14 seasons.

They won't see it again. At least, not in a black-and-gold uniform.

The franchise's all-time leader in just about every meaningful receiving category will be released sometime in the next two weeks, president Art Rooney II said Wednesday on the team's website.

Ward, who turns 36 next week, was due to earn $4 ...

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