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Post-Game Reaction: Hines Ward

Posted by Teresa Varley on January 8, 2012 – 11:01 pm


On his thoughts on CB Ike Taylor
“I just feel bad. [CB] Ike [Taylor] has been playing his tail off all year long. We as teammates are always going to have his back. We lost this collectively. We are never going to say it came down to one player to lose a game. We win as a team, we lose as a team. With the overtime rules, it was a first time for most. They did what they had to do. They got the first drive and they went down and scored a touchdown. Consequently, it’s over with.”

On if he is stunned
“Stunned, yeah, it’s shocking. I never thought that one play all the way down the field for a touchdown in the first overtime; that was more shocking than anything. We were preparing for what we were going to do when we got the ball back more than anything; whether it was going to be a short field or what not. Thinking our defense would get us back on the field after a three-and-out and get the ball back. I was talking amongst all the receivers, just going over some plays, we look up and the guy is running down the field for a touchdown. That’s how fast it happens. That’s just a part of this business. You’ll be at an all-time high one second and the next second later you’ll be at an all-time low. It was a great comeback for us to even take them to overtime. We just missed out on some opportunities and plays.”

On if he thought they were going to win it at the end of regulation
“Yeah, I really thought so. [WR] Emmanuel [Sanders] made a huge catch and we had the ball at the 50 (yard line). Unfortunately we went backwards and then at the end of that last drive [CB] Champ [Bailey] just made a great play. I was thinking we had 12, maybe 18, seconds on the clock, I could catch toward the sideline. I kind of adjusted my route to try to shorten up and get to the sideline. Champ at the last minute tipped it away. It was just one of those ‘what if’ or ‘almost’ plays. That’s a part of playoff football, a game of inches. I catch that and we’re in field goal range, who knows? Maybe it all comes out different. Like I said, it’s just very shocking. We were over there talking and the next thing I know the crowd is going wild, they’re scoring a touchdown and ending the ball game.”

On his thoughts on next season
“No, I’m not even thinking about that. My heart is towards my teammates and towards this game. There are a lot of guys in this locker room battling injuries. To end it like that in overtime, to go 12-4 and have it come down to an overtime loss the way it did is sad. This will stick with (us) a lot as one of the worst games we ever lost. I thought last year losing the Super Bowl, but this is fresh on our minds and the way we lost is disappointing.”

On his future in the NFL
“I’m not even thinking about that.”

On the pass play that was tipped by Bailey
“It was all go. With 18 seconds I was trying to let [WR] Mike [Wallace] get down the field, hoping all of the guys would jump on him and I tried to sneak out on the sideline. Champ didn’t have any responsibility. It was Cover 2, he drifted back and right when the ball was coming he made a play. If he doesn’t even touch the ball, I catch it, I run out of bounds, we may have maybe eight seconds left on the clock and a possible field goal. It would have been a long one, but at Mile High, those guys are kicking it all day…Champ made a great play. He missed an opportunity, had a chance to end the game with an interception down there, but he didn’t do it. He came back. He started laughing at me, saying ‘I’m not going to let you catch that ball,’ I catch it and get and get out of bounds, there’s maybe eight or six seconds left. At least it would have given us a chance. Champ is a great cornerback. He adjusted his coverage and kind of pushed back further than he had to and made a play on the ball.”

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11 Responses to “Post-Game Reaction: Hines Ward”

  1. By Warren peachey canada on Jan 9, 2012 | Reply

    We will always love our steelers! Everyone one of you!

  2. By Reggie Brown on Jan 9, 2012 | Reply

    Good Morning, Mr. Ward! I’m a STEELER 4 LIFE and I want you to know that I and ALL of the STEELERS 4 LIFE that I know would LOVE to see you come back later this year and make that SB run! God Bless You All and Take Care!!!

  3. By Dona Hando on Jan 9, 2012 | Reply

    Please don’t leave us your fans love you! Another season? :)

  4. By Patricia Stover on Jan 9, 2012 | Reply

    It was a tough loss, I HATE the rule change. STEELER NATION loves you and all STEELERS! I do wish you had been left in the game longer…and more often! PLEASE don’t retire!!!You are an inspiration…and I want to be able to see you play in person, hoping to be able to do that this year! It’s on my BUCKET LIST! LOL Stairway to 7! =)

  5. By sonya garren on Jan 9, 2012 | Reply

    Please do not retire! We love you and all the Steelers. I would like to know why you did not play more? You should have been on that field.

  6. By jeff b on Jan 9, 2012 | Reply

    Hines, dont you hang ur head or hang it up nothen but a class act we want u back !!!!!!!!

  7. By Mary Sarver on Jan 9, 2012 | Reply

    Hines, what can I say that I havent already said. Praying that you wont retire, it will break so many hearts, especially mine. We would so miss that smile and that slow Georgian drawl. and your quik wit. But only you know what is best for yourself and your fans would accept that, or at least try. Keep making those commercials………Spend time with your son, and watch him grow, and heres hoping he will turn out like his Dad.

  8. By mitchell anderson on Jan 9, 2012 | Reply

    hines come back for another season we need your leadership. steeler for life

  9. By Tony Tek on Jan 9, 2012 | Reply

    Hines Ward…… You are an OG Dog….A True PrimeTimer… .Remember J. Bettis. He played until the end. U motivated him 2 play 1 more year.You can help bring more Championship.

  10. By Jessica Vega on Jan 10, 2012 | Reply

    Hines Ward…. There are not enough words to express how much your Fans & of course The Team loves you! Personally you are my favorite player on our team. Your Leadership qualities and the way you Play the game Every Game day inspires lots of football players or Fans today. Your Smile lights up the field and you will be missed. I Do NOT want you to retire, I hope to see you next year in the BLACK & GOLD! Forever a Steeler Fan!!! God bless Hines!!

    Jessica Vega

  11. By Nick on Jan 11, 2012 | Reply

    You are the best wr on that team and in the league. Stay another year, every steelers fan would like it. Let’s see if you can get 1100 receptions before u retire?

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