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Ward a perfect symbol of selfless Steelers

Hines Ward began training camp in a contract dispute with the Steelers but ended the campaign as MVP of Super Bowl XL.

Updated: February 7, 2006, 2:30 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- Next to future Pro Football Hall of Fame tailback Jerome Bettis, wide receiver Hines Ward is inarguably the player who is most often cited as personifying what it means to be a Pittsburgh Steeler.

And so it was only fitting that, on an evening in which the retiring Bettis was finally able to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy as confetti rained down on him, Ward was chosen as the Most Valuable Player in Super Bowl XL. Fitting because Ward, an eight-year veteran, has played ...

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