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Hines Ward Talks Goals, Mentoring, Future During Interesting Interview With Jim Rome

Hines Ward reminded Steeler Nation why he's not done padding his already record-setting stats last Sunday when he found the endzone two times during Pittsburgh's 38-17 win over the Tennessee Titans. Already the franchise's career leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, Ward continues to ascend the all-time NFL ranks with those types of performances.

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Following his first big game of the 2011 season, Ward joined The Jim Rome Show on Thursday. Among the topics discussed was how long he planned to continue playing. Ward responded with:

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"I won't play beyond (2013, the end of his contract)."

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Ward then referenced the nifty TD he had last Sunday when he caught a quick slant from Ben Roethlisberger and jumped over a Titans defender to pay dirt:

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"When I'm jumping over guys heads like Michael Griffin, there's still a lot of football left in me. When I line up across from a guy who I think I'm supposed to get open the majority of the time, and you're not going to win every battle, but if I go out there and say 'I should win this battle,' and I'm not winning that battle, I'll walk away."

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I'll walk away from the game when I know I can't play anymore, but for me to jump over some guy's head to get in the end zone and help my team to a victory, there's still a lot a bit of football left in me."

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Behind the Steel Curtain has other parts of the interview transcription, but if you would prefer to listen to Ward's interview with Rome in its entirety, have at it (begins at ~28:00 mark)

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.