March 1, 2012 |
HINES WARD, a four-time Pro Bowler and the Pittsburgh Steelers' recordholder for receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, will be released, the team announced. "We had a conversation today with Hines Ward and informed him that we plan to release him of his contract prior to the start of the 2012 NFL calendar year," Steelers President Art Rooney II said in a statement on the team's website yesterday. "Hines has been an integral part of our success since we drafted him in 1998, and we will forever be grateful for what he has helped us achieve.
January 31, 2006 |
The star wide receiver wasn't happy. Training camp opened, and it appeared as if the team and the player were about to become entwined in a nasty contract dispute. "I'm not asking to break the bank or anything," the receiver said. "I just want to be compensated. " No, this is not another telling of the tragic Philadelphia football story that helped contribute to the Eagles' 2005 struggles. This has nothing to do with Terrell Owens and his disruptive ways. This is the story from the other end of Pennsylvania.
August 2, 2011 |
MANKATO, Minn. - Randy Moss is calling it a career after 13 seasons in the NFL as one of the most dynamic and polarizing players the league has ever seen. Moss' agent, Joel Segal, said yesterday that the receiver was considering offers from several teams, but made the decision to retire. Segal declined to comment specifically on the offers, instead saying his 34-year-old client felt the time was right to step away. "Randy has weighed his options and considered the offers and has decided to retire," Segal said.
February 28, 2012 |
The new cast of ABC's Dancing With the Stars was revealed this morning, and the early money is likely betting on the athletes: Receiver Donald Driver and former tennis star Martina Navratilova . Past winners have included three ice-skating Olympians and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward. Fan favorites, though, often tend to be on the overweight or aged side. Forget the rumors about Vince Young, Eagles backup quarterback last season, and Jersey Shore 's Jennifer "JWoww" Farley.
March 1, 2012
NASCAR on Wednesday issued steep penalties against five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and his team for failing the first inspection for the Daytona 500. Crew chief Chad Knaus was fined $100,000 and suspended six races, car chief Ron Malec also was barred for six races, and Johnson was docked 25 points, sending him into this weekend's race last in the Sprint Cup Series standings. Knaus has been suspended four previous times, but had a two-race ban in 2005 overturned on appeal.
February 7, 2011
ARLINGTON, Texas - The thing keeps getting bigger, although it hardly seems possible. The Super Bowl is overwhelming as an experience: enormous, loud, annoying, American, garish, gross, seductive and mesmerizing. It makes you wonder how it could be possible for the NFL's owners and its players union to screw it up. There was a time when all of these games seemed to be blowouts; Super Bore became a regular complaint. It seems like such a long time ago. Anybody who watched the Pittsburgh Steelers claw their way back last night against the Green Bay Packers, and then claw their way back again, could not mistake the desperate determination of both sides.
March 21, 2012 |
WHAT WILL happen to Tim Tebow now that Denver has signed Peyton Manning? There are no shortage of scenarios. Yesterday, John Elway, the Broncos executive vice president, said the team will consider trading Tebow. "It is a possibility," Elway said, "and he knows that's a possibility. " There are, reportedly, up to five teams interested in acquiring Tebow. The Eagles aren't one of them, but Tony Dungy thinks they should be. Dungy, a former NFL coach and pro football analyst for NBC, played a large role in bringing Michael Vick to the Eagles.
January 25, 2005 |
Plaxico Burress seems convinced that he has played his final game with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jerome Bettis isn't so sure. Bettis, whose comeback following two disappointing seasons was a highlight of the Steelers' unexpectedly good season, addressed his teammates during an emotional team meeting yesterday that left Hines Ward in tears. While Bettis insists he hasn't made up his mind to retire, Ward fears the Steelers' 41-27 loss to New England in the AFC championship Game Sunday night was The Bus' final game.
October 24, 2005 |
The Bengals found out the hard way that the Steelers aren't quite ready to step down as the class of the AFC North. In front of a record crowd roaring for a changing of the guard, the upstart Bengals were put in their place by visiting Pittsburgh, who proved yesterday that they're still the team to beat. Ben Roethlisberger (9-for-14, 93 yards) threw two touchdown passes in his return from a knee injury, and the Steelers used their proven formula - run the ball and play defense - to grind out a 27-13 victory.
February 6, 2006 |
The most improbable title run in Super Bowl history is over. In a span of eight weeks, the Pittsburgh Steelers went from the brink of playoff elimination to NFL champions, beating the Seattle Seahawks, 21-10, last night in Super Bowl XL at Ford Field. "It's been an incredible ride," Steelers running back Jerome Bettis said before announcing his retirement. "I came back to win a championship. Mission accomplished, and with that I have to bid farewell. " Despite the fact that Pittsburgh has just three professional teams, the city at the west end of the state has celebrated three championship seasons (two by the NHL's Penguins)