Pittsburgh Steelers: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers
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(1998-11). Hines Ward. 12. player. 55. . WR

Probably the most beloved player to ever wear a Steelers uniform, Hines Ward illuminated what it means to be a Steeler. A hard-working receiver who would lower his helmet to deliver the most vicious blow, the walk away with a smile, everyone in Pittsburgh loved watching No. 86 on Sundays.

Ward solidified what it meant to be a Steeler in all aspects. The man loved football more than anyone, but on top of that, he knew how to use his physical style of play to negatively affect the opposition. Watching him play, you knew it was nothing but love for everyone he competed against.

That being said, when he did get the shot to make a big hit though, he made it known that he was on the field. Just ask former Cincinnati Bengals defender Keith Rivers what it’s like to get hit by Ward on a block

He may not be known as the greatest Steelers wide receiver of all-time, anymore, but his legacy is one for the books. He’s still a walking legend in the streets of the city. No one forgets, or ever will forget, what Ward was when he put on the uniform.

Two Super Bowl rings, a Super Bowl MVP and plenty of jaw-dropping hits later, Ward has become one of the greats. And more importantly, one of the most beloved.