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Retirement rumors for Ward not true

PITTSBURGH — Reports are swirling that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward will announce his retirement soon, but sources told Channel 11 Sports reporter Rich Walsh that isn’t the case.
Just one day after the Denver Broncos knocked the Steelers out of the playoffs with a 29-23 victory, reports began surfacing that Ward, 35, is considering hanging up his cleats.However, sources told Walsh Ward doesn’t want to retire and could possibly be back for another season.The Super Bowl XL MVP was tossed around the lineup this year with younger stars like Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown seeing most of the action.It was Ward who set the standards, however, breaking many records while with the Steelers, the only team he has played for in his 15-year NFL career.

The latest milestone came on Jan. 1 when Ward became only the eighth player in NFL history to nab 1,000 catches.In December, the two-time Super Bowl champion became the 19th player in NFL history to reach 12,000 receiving yards,Ward is also the Steelers all-time leader in receptions (1,000), yardage (12,083) and touchdowns (85) for a receiver.

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