Saw this on Mikey’s Twitter page today … someone from Hines Ward’s camp went rogue and posted on Hines’ official Facebook page today asking fans to go to a page called HW Steeler for Life and post comments and videos to the Steelers organization telling them that Hines should be a Steeler for life.
The author indicated he or she was jeopardizing his or her job by posting such a thing as Hines Ward:
“I’m risking a lot here because I am part of Hines’ team and this is not his style and I’m sure he won’t be happy with me for doing this, but I can’t stand by and do nothing…”
Not long after the post went up on Hines’ page, it was taken down, but the HW Steeler for Life page is still up.
The sad thing is the post has taken what had been a gracious exit by Hines, and tainted it.
The funny thing is some of the comments made to the HW Steeler for Life page.
“Without Hines the team is nothing!!!”
“Hines put the Nation in Steeler football …”
Hines Ward is Not only A Steeler He is Pittsburgh !!! Their aren’t many Players who Put their self out there To represent the City they play for…. Look how he made Pittsburgh Shine on dancing with the stars….His work with Good Morning America His work with CHarper Yes he may get Paid for these things But He isn’t going for the Medicine commercials or the resort things Everything ad or commercial he does Is about PITTSBURGH Now that is a TRUE Pittsburgh Steeler !!!! He sleeps,eats and Breathes everything Pittsburgh….The thought of him Not being a steeler is just INSANE We Love you Hines and ALWAYS will.!!! Your Fans KNOW what Pittsburgh means to you …..It has been an Honor to have you represent our Great City as you have and we all thank you for being a TRUE Pittsburgher!!!!
Chill pills. TAKE SOME.
“What happened to loyalty Mr. Rooney?????? I never thought the day would come when The Steelers would become just like the rest of the NFL putting the almighty dollar above doing the right thing. To be honest Hines is to good for the Steelers I hope he catches the ball that keeps the Steelers out of next years Playoffs.”
Here’s my view on the “loyalty” argument: If the Rooneys didn’t make business decisions that make money for the team, they wouldn’t be able to hire the right staff and sign the right players to keep the team competitive, and would this commenter be as much of a diehard Steelers fan and crying about loyalty when we don’t make the playoffs 10 years in a row because of the Rooneys’ refusal to bow down to the “almighty dollar?”
It sucks, but hard choices have to be made. Cry about it and then get over it, just like I’m going to bawl my eyes out when Daniel Sepulveda gets cut or when Mike Wallace gets a better offer than the one that was tendered — an offer our salary cap won’t allow us to beat.
BRB. Dying laughing.