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Hines Ward: “All money is not good money”

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Steelers receiver Hines Ward said at Media Day that he wishes more players would come out in opposition to the 18-game season.  Since he can’t make them, Ward was happy to speak his mind Tuesday.

“All money is not good money,” Ward said.  “You may get paid more, but all you’re doing is driving more injuries.   Leave it like it is.  It’s great as it is.  . . . Add two more games, those extra checks are not worth it, having more stuff done to you that will affect you later on in life.  I don’t want it”

I asked Ward about his strong comments to Michael Silver in GQ about concussions.  While he didn’t break out the f-bomb, he didn’t back down.

“They care, but they don’t care.   You know this game is a dangerous game.  If you care, why would you add two more dangerous games person for a long career in a violent sport.  You’re contradicting yourself.”

Ward said that he thought careers would exponentially be shorter with an enhanced season.  And then he echoed a point that all fans agree with regarding a possible work stoppage.

“It’s a bad situation.  We make way too much money, too much revenue to be in this situation and have a lockout.”

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16 Responses to “Hines Ward: “All money is not good money””
  1. jc1958coo says: Feb 1, 2011 10:34 AM

    sounds like a hall of fame class lol! guess no one wants to work for a jerry jones, al davis clone!!

  2. phinfan says: Feb 1, 2011 12:47 PM

    Heimerdinger

    LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

  3. baseballstars says: Feb 1, 2011 1:15 PM

    The Titans offense continued to fail throughout the season, having numerous three-and-outs that put a lot of pressure on the defense. I don’t think Heimerdinger is the right guy for the job. Nevertheless, I wish him the best as he fights cancer.

  4. Mike Tomlin says: Feb 1, 2011 4:39 PM

    Hines Ward for Commissioner!

  5. contract says: Feb 1, 2011 4:41 PM

    “Ward said that he thought careers would exponentially be shorter with an enhanced season.”

    Yep. Owners would bleed young players for more games, and those same guys would end up playing fewer years during their peak earning years.

    If the players agree to 18 games, they better get unrestricted free agency after 3 seasons for everyone and get some of the 1st rd rookie money redirected to the players retirement fund.

  6. crimhollingsworth says: Feb 1, 2011 4:46 PM

    Maybe Hines was trying to raise awareness of the money issue when he was making it rain at The Gentlemen’s Club last night.

  7. bigdawg24 says: Feb 1, 2011 4:52 PM

    Hines Ward makes me totally despise the Steelers.

  8. bigbluefan1 says: Feb 1, 2011 4:56 PM

    who gives a rats ass what he wants
    I am sick and tired of hearing this whiny crybabys
    Stop pissing and moaning and catch the ball

    While your at it dont forget the cheap shots to back of the D

  9. damaui says: Feb 1, 2011 5:01 PM

    I hope the NFL tests these guys resolve. Lets reduce the number of games to 14 and pay them all less. That way not as many injuries right? if more games = more injuries less games should = less injuries.
    What will Ward say then? How could he complain? they will be able to have longer careers!

  10. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Feb 1, 2011 5:53 PM

    Who here thinks the people running the NFL are stupid enough to not realize they’re not contradicting themselves here? Not me.

    It’s no coincidence they started to make a move towards player safety the same year they want to add something that’s going to detract from player safety. Get everyone thinking you’re concerned, and then make the greedy move while no one’s looking.

    What’s next? The 20 game season? Maybe we can call that the super-enhanced season.

  11. Caldon says: Feb 1, 2011 6:05 PM

    You are so right, if they really cared, they wouldn’t be adding more games, they would be taking them away!!!

    I always love when I see the players who have already made their millions come out and say stuff like this when the average football player needs those extras games.

    As always, the union caters to those top $$$ makers instead of representing the majority of their players.

  12. mrcowpatty says: Feb 1, 2011 6:36 PM

    Hines stfu, what are you afraid of ?Someone might take a cheap shot at you?

  13. pghguyy says: Feb 1, 2011 6:56 PM

    Caldon says:
    Feb 1, 2011 6:05 PM
    You are so right, if they really cared, they wouldn’t be adding more games, they would be taking them away!!!

    I always love when I see the players who have already made their millions come out and say stuff like this when the average football player needs those extras games.

    As always, the union caters to those top $$$ makers instead of representing the majority of their players.
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    less games means more years for the guys that arent superstars. as well.

  14. jc1958coo says: Feb 1, 2011 7:04 PM

    the fans care , but they don’t care! about an idiot like you, must be butt buddies with clinton portis!!

  15. db105 says: Feb 1, 2011 7:27 PM

    More games = more injuries = more players on rosters = more money for marginal players.

  16. mikereadytogo says: Feb 1, 2011 8:46 PM

    This guy and for that matter most players are completely out of touch with reality. The entire working world is doing more with less. I truly hope there is a lockout for a least a year if not two so the majority of the players really feel the pain. Expiring shelve life and no income, we’ll see how much the players really are against 2 additional games then.

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