I thought this was a joke when I read an email from my buddy Bob out in Baltimore but it really is true. Someone actually took the time to create an online petition to get the Steelers to pay Hines Ward what he wants.
Personally my head hurts thinking about this. Why? Well if you live in Pittsburgh or have access to any of the local news broadcasts, you would know that this town can not function without 24/7 coverage of Steelers training camp, knowing what the Bus’ play list is on his mp3 player, who has a hangnail, how the height of the grass may make someone .00000000000000000000001 slower and demand that it gets cut. They’re all insane and now after a jolt of caffeine I can sit back and laugh at this latest attempt.
Here’s the cliff note version breakdown. Hines wants a new contract with more money and currently has 1 year left. Hines won’t report to camp until the Steelers negotiate.
Steelers policy, and God bless them for sticking to it, is that they won’t negotiate with anyone who doesn’t report. I’m honestly shocked that there is a strong fan base taking a player’s side on this. Yinzer Nation is dedicated to the Rooney’s and some would even die for them (you knuckleheads). Hines, you’re good but you also have had some exceptional QB’s throwing to you.
Hey, more power to ya for doing it and I’ll be watching at home cheering on the Black and Gold but enough is enough already.