I'm not really sure what to say I'm so surprised.
Hines need to shut up. Plain and simple. Hines Ward is my favorite player of all time...any sport, any generation, bar none. But he needs to shut the hell up.
First, there's this quote:
"I've been all over, to L.A., to Vegas, to Miami and seen all the players from all over. Hey, Peyton Manning, I know you're great and all, but you don't have a ring. You can be all this, all world, but you don't have a ring. I have a ring. There's nothing you can say to me right now."
OK, not the worst thing I've ever heard, but I don't like it. It's unneccassary. We won. Whats the point of saying that? What are you accomplishing? Say it to your buddies, sure, but not to reporters. No need for bulletin board period before the season's even started.
So that's one quote. Unneccssary, but not awful. But then there's this crap from this week's Sports Illustrated:
"I don't have anything to say to him [Cowher]. After what he did to me, after how he treated me, no. The numbers I put up? The seasons I had, for them to keep on bringing in guys...?"
Christ Hines, what the hell are you doing? Keep that stuff to yourself.
He can hate him, fine by me. He's a man...he doesn't have to like anybody. I don't give a damn what their personal relationship is like as long as they get it done on the field. I seem to recall Terry Bradshaw not being the biggest Chuck Noll fan, and look how tha turned out. So don't like him, fine...but shut the hell up about it! Stuff like that rips a team apart.
We just lost our number one locker room guy in Bettis and we need the vets to step up. Hines is supposed to help to fill that void. Disrespecting your coach in public isn't the way to do it.
Everything was going so well. And then from out of left field...