SB XLV: Hines Ward exemplifies the black and yellow

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward (86) tries to break a tackle by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Roderick Hood (26) during the first quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, in Tampa, Fla. The former UGA standout goes to the NFL's Broadcast Bootcamp on the NFL Network. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward (86) tries to break a tackle by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Roderick Hood (26) during the first quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, in Tampa, Fla.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Pittsburgh wide receiver Hines Ward, the former Forest Park High and University of Georgia star, is set to play in his third  Super Bowl on Sunday.

Below are his quotes from media day at Super Bowl XLV as provided by the National Football League.

On this Super Bowl being a defensive or offensive game: “I want to win. Whatever it takes to win. Defensive, offense, how about we do it together?”

On Cowboys Stadium: “I don’t know how much it cost to build this stadium, but this is by far the best stadium in all of the NFL. All the amenities that they have, It’s just the wildest thing. I’m glad to be here. It’s a great stadium.”

On what’s more important: being MVP or winning: “Just the wins. A lot of guys, throughout their whole career, don’t get the opportunity to even go to a Super Bowl. I’ve been very blessed to play in three and hopefully win my third Super Bowl. You’re always going to remember the first one. Every year, I

Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward, left, presents South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun with a football at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, Tuesday, April 4, 2006. Ward marked a triumphant homecoming to South Korea by sharing traditional tea with President Roh on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Lee Jae-Won, Pool)

Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward, left, presents South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun with a football at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, Tuesday, April 4, 2006. Ward marked a triumphant homecoming to South Korea by sharing traditional tea with President Roh on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Lee Jae-Won, Pool)

think, is different because of the makeup of the team. This year, starting the season off not having our starting quarterback for the first four games, losing a guy like Aaron Smith, who means a lot to our defense, playing musical chairs with the offensive linemen, losing Troy for two or three games, we’re just a bunch of resilient guys who stood up together – a band of brothers really – we came together and here we are. We’re in our third Super Bowl in six years.”

On being a “complete” receiver: “It’s a compliment. I don’t try to emulate anybody. I don’t try to be like any other receiver. When I’m long gone away from this game, when they mention Hines Ward, I just want them to say, ‘he’s a hell of a football player.’  That’s really what I want to be, just a great football player. I don’t get caught up in who catches the ball or whatever. If my opportunity is there I want to come up big for my teammates. Just as much as I want to do that, I want to spring Mendenhall open so he can score a touchdown. I’m fine with that. I just want to be known as a great football player.”

On his reputation as an offensive player: “Do I look mean? I’m just fine. I’m loving life. This is a great opportunity. For me, I just play the game the way it’s supposed to be played. I just love playing. I’m not out there to try to hurt anybody. Everybody says, ‘we’ll he hits guys when they’re not looking.’ Should I tap on your shoulder and say, ‘here I come, hit me.’ At the end of the day, I just play football the way it’s supposed to be played. That’s how I was taught as a little child and I continue to play like that here in the NFL.”

ATLANTA, GA --HOMECOMING-- Steelers SuperBowl MVP wide receiver #86 Hines Ward, of Forest Park and the University of Georgia, loosens up on the field before kickoff against the Falcons at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006. (CURTIS COMPTON / AJC staff)

ATLANTA, GA --HOMECOMING-- Steelers SuperBowl MVP wide receiver #86 Hines Ward, of Forest Park and the University of Georgia, loosens up on the field before kickoff against the Falcons at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006. (CURTIS COMPTON / AJC staff)

On concerns about the collective bargaining agreement: “This is a huge thing. This may be our last game. A lot of people don’t understand, come March 4, we don’t have insurance. They’re stripping away our insurance. If you get a major injury in this game, you’ve got to have surgery, and at the end of the day they’re not even going to pay for the rehab. This is a serious matter. I think it’s flying under the radar. A lot of players are real concerned about the lockout. It’s definitely something that we as players don’t want to miss any time. This game is such a vibrant game. It’s the favorite sport played. It makes millions. To sit there and have a lockout would be crazy.”

On concussion issue: “I’m not insensitive to concussions. I definitely don’t want to be insensitive to concussions. At the same time, this is a violent game. We know what we signed up for. I think Aaron Rodgers has two concussions this year. Do you think he’s going to miss this Super Bowl game? I don’t think so. Guys know what’s at stake. I’m pretty sure Aaron Rodgers knows if he gets another concussion. He’s not thinking about what’s going to happen ten years from now. We as players, we just play this game. It’s a violent sport. You don’t have to play football if you don’t want to.”

On league’s new policy on player safety: “I really think they are sincere. It’s hard because of all the things that have happened. James Harrison is getting fined all the time. It’s the craziest thing. That’s how he was taught to play football. He’s not out there to maliciously hurt somebody. In a defensive mentality, you’re out to say, ‘look I need to play this game hard, I need to tackle hard.’ For him, he gets a bad rap sheet because of the way he plays this game. All we have to do is just continue playing football the way we know how to play and just go from

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward speaks to reporters during the team's media day for Super Bowl XLIII Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, in Tampa, Fla. The Cardinals will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL Super Bowl football game on Sunday, Feb. 1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward speaks to reporters during the team's media day for Super Bowl XLIII Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, in Tampa, Fla. The Cardinals will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL Super Bowl football game on Sunday, Feb. 1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

there.”

On coaching differences from Bill Cowher to Mike Tomlin: “Coach Tomlin is not going to put restrictions on grown men. We know what’s at stake. All Coach Tomlin asks us to do is don’t be that guy, don’t get arrested, don’t go out and do anything stupid. Yesterday was our first time here, so a lot of guys are going to have fun. After today, Media Day, you won’t see guys out. It’s about football. You have to take part in enjoying it, but at the same time you still came here for one goal, to win this Super Bowl. Tomlin doesn’t give a lot of rules and restrictions. Like I said, I was in before midnight. For a lot of guys, there was no curfew last night. I don’t know what other guys did. Coach Tomlin’s not going to get caught up on putting rules on everything. Once you start putting rules then you can get caught up in something that you really shouldn’t have to. Our job is to concentrate on playing football and go from there. That’s what we love about Coach Tomlin.”

On being in the spotlight through social media: “I’m human. I’m not doing anything. I’m having fun and being me. It’s me and my teammates. We’re having a good time. People are always going to tweet and do stuff. That’s a good thing, I guess. I don’t live my life for other people. I know what I am as a person. I know what I mean to this organization. I would never jeopardize my family or do anything stupid.”

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward (86) hits the soggy turf at Heinz Field after hauling in a first quarter pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger against the Miami Dolphins in NFL football action at Pittsburgh, Monday, Nov. 26, 2007. The Steelers won 3-0. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward (86) hits the soggy turf at Heinz Field after hauling in a first quarter pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger against the Miami Dolphins in NFL football action at Pittsburgh, Monday, Nov. 26, 2007. The Steelers won 3-0. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

On Media Day environment: “I love being here. It’s a big honor. I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. I know how blessed I am to be in this opportunity. A lot of guys never get this opportunity to be here on the podium for Media Day at the Super Bowl.”

On Emmanuel Sanders: “To be an SMU superstar last year, as a senior, and now your rookie year you’re playing in the Super Bowl in Dallas. I’m just so ecstatic for him. Like I said, he’s just a great kid and a great student of the game. I keep talking, ‘you’re going to make a play for us, you’re going to make a huge play.’ It’s like a dream come true. But the younger guys, him, Antonio Brown, Mike Wallace, the anxiety is going to be there because it was there for me. I kind of have to calm the nerves, joke with them, so they can do less thinking, more reacting, and continue making plays for us like they’ve been all year.”

On Flozell Adams: “I think the tribute that the offensive line gave him, when they walked off the plane with his college jersey on, spoke volumes about Flozell. For a guy who played his whole career here for Dallas, to go to the other side, Pittsburgh Steelers, and here we are playing. It’s almost ironic. It’s the craziest thing. I love Flo to death. We both came out of college together. That would just be one of many stories on our team, to win the Super Bowl for Flozell.”

On Charles Woodson: “I was a big fan of Charles in college. We both made the All-American team in college. He’s an All-American back. He can play corner, safety, nickel, linebacker, strong safety, he can pick the ball off, make you fumble, he’s a great tackler… I just can’t stop saying enough about him. He’s definitely one of the better defensive backs

Pittsburgh Steelers' Hines Ward holds up the Vince Lombardi trophy after defeating the Seattle Seahawks, 21-10, in the Super Bowl XL football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, in Detroit. Ward was named the game's most valuable player. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Pittsburgh Steelers' Hines Ward holds up the Vince Lombardi trophy after defeating the Seattle Seahawks, 21-10, in the Super Bowl XL football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, in Detroit. Ward was named the game's most valuable player. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

that will always go down in history as being one of those guys. He’s definitely a special player.”

On taking advantage of the opportunity to be in his third Super Bowl: “You get a greater appreciation of it. Especially after what this team had to overcome to get to this point. Every year I try not to compare the teams, because it’s a different makeup. I think the first year, of course, was for Jerome [Bettis]. A guy getting there and getting his opportunity. It’s just so emotional for Jerome, because he’s just the ultimate pro. Second year, I was injured. It was the worst Super Bowl I’ve ever been a part of because I was rehabbing the whole time. Santonio catches that ball in the endzone and he’s kind of the guy that I helped bring under my wing. To see him make that catch, I was more happy for him than anything. Now, this year, the way the season started off. I try not to compare different teams. It’s definitely a big honor. We’re not happy just to be here, we want to win this thing.”

On Coach Mike Tomlin giving players days off: “When Coach Tomlin first got to the Steelers, it was still a lot of Coach Cowher’s guys. He was very militant. He wanted to practice two-a-days, full pads, all day long. By the time we got to the playoffs to play Jacksonville we were a beat up team. They don’t give you a book to show you how to be a head coach. Over the years, the more and more he learned about his players, the more relaxing

Super Bowl MVP and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward smiles at the throng of Steelers' fans crowding Liberty Ave. in downtown Pittsburgh for the team victory parade on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Super Bowl MVP and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward smiles at the throng of Steelers' fans crowding Liberty Ave. in downtown Pittsburgh for the team victory parade on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

time we got off. He’s gotten to know us on a personal level. He knows what type of players we are. He’s starting to cut back on the 30 year old and above guys and not going to grind us into the ground. At the same time, it gives a chance for the younger guys to get more reps at practice. If one of the guys goes down then they’ll be ready to go. I just love his whole motto. What coach wears Ed Hardy jeans? He’s hip.”

On Troy Polamalu: “Troy is a beast. He just does things. Even if he’s supposed to be in coverage, he’ll get out of coverage and make a play. He just has a sixth sense about where the balls going to go. He watches a lot of film so he knows a lot of route combinations.”

On the Packer’s defense: “Their whole defense is solid. From the front seven to the back end, it’s going to be a great game. We get to go against our number one defense all the time. Last week, we practiced ones versus ones just to be very competitive. We know if we can have success on our defense then we can have success on anybody.”

On Charles Woodson: “Phenomenal player. The best all-around defensive back out there. The guy’s an exceptional pass-catcher. If you make a mistake, run a wrong route, he’ll intercept it and take it back. For me, I definitely have to be disciplined in my route running, especially in the slot. He’s an excellent blitzer and tackler. It’s a big honor to play against him. We both came out together and here we are playing in the Super Bowl.”

On Ryan Clark: “No, I do not want to be hit by Ryan. When Ryan was in Washington we had our battles. I’m glad he’s on our team. We know what Ryan brings to the game.”

On being AFC champions: “It’s a great honor to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. To surpass a great team in Baltimore and beat the New York Jets the way we did, it’s a great feeling to be here and represent the city of Pittsburgh.”

On this being his last game: “If they lockout, it will be a lot of people’s last game, because there won’t be a season. I’m not retiring. I’m not in the mood to retire. That was the number one question that was asked. It’s almost like they’re pushing me out. Until Coach Tomlin says he does not need my services anymore, I am going to continue playing.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter

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26 comments Add your comment

Darth Fornicator

February 2nd, 2011
4:10 pm

HA!

I came here FIRST!

Hines Ward is a whining punk and a disgrace to UGA.

Also, Pennsylvania has the UGA-liest Women in the United States.

U R Stupid

February 2nd, 2011
4:17 pm

Just the name printed on your comment shows what inferior DNA you have. Hines is terrific, unlike you; no self-respecting woman from Pennsylvania would be caught dead with you.

mryan2

February 2nd, 2011
4:34 pm

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Sinclair7

February 2nd, 2011
5:01 pm

Hines Ward is just the absolute best! A credit to the game, a giant of the game, and a real good person.

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Steelers fan

February 2nd, 2011
5:14 pm

Darth Fornicator you are silly. Hines isn’t a whining punk or a disgrace to UGA. Are a Falcon fan still mad over the big choke? I’m a proud Steelers fan and glad Hines is from UGA. He is a true Steeler blue collar player. Hines will be in the Hall of Fame.

Ted Striker

February 2nd, 2011
5:19 pm

Will never forget the end around reverse Ward ran to notch Donnan’s first win. Was a driving rainstorm and UGA was 0-3 at the time.

Spider29

February 2nd, 2011
5:32 pm

Hines Ward…my favorite all-time Bulldog! I wish him and the Steelers all the best in the Super Bowl. Hope you get that 3rd SB win.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 2nd, 2011
5:45 pm

First ballot Hall of Famer as far as I’m concerned.

Fun fact: the Falcons picked Jammi German ahead of him in the ‘98 draft.

JSS

February 2nd, 2011
7:49 pm

Najeh Davenpoop
February 2nd, 2011
5:45 pm
“First ballot Hall of Famer as far as I’m concerned. Fun fact: the Falcons picked Jammi German ahead of him in the ‘98 draft.”

“Jammi German,” just the name brings up the drafting genius that was Dan Reeves! SMDH!

I guess Mularkey ruined him (Ward) too?

OldTimer

February 2nd, 2011
8:10 pm

Hines has class.

FBR

February 2nd, 2011
8:16 pm

Hines is the epitome of what and why you play football. A consummate Pro, he plays football the way its supposed to be played!!!! We love you Hines —from the Dawg Nation.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 2nd, 2011
9:10 pm

One measly Coach of the Year vote for Mike Smith, who finishes tied for fourth in the vote. He should have won if you ask me. Belichick took it, Raheem Morris was 2nd.

SimpleDawg

February 3rd, 2011
7:43 am

Hines Ward: The Best Player in the NFL. Period.

……and a Damn Great Dawg.

Sweet Old Buck

February 3rd, 2011
7:54 am

The Steelers colors are black and gold – not yellow!

Singletary

February 3rd, 2011
8:27 am

First poster: He’d've and I’d've given the world for him to be picked by the Falcs. TD recognizes the call of home and how you’ll play harder. Can you imagine where Falcs might have been?

Okay, go play in your sandbox. That is fine…

Decatur Falcon

February 3rd, 2011
9:27 am

Hines Ward, is a UGA guy, I am glad that he is in the Super Bowl. Last time I check the colors where black and gold. It is hard to win in the NFL, but the advantage that Big Ben has is that he got this veteran Hines Ward, a man that was a quarterback for UGA, Hines Ward understand where he needs to be on the field when Big Ben is in trouble. Green Bay doesn’t have that advantage, that is why I am going for the Steelers. This would have been a perfect time of the Atlanta Falcons to go to the Super Bowl, but in my heart “defense win championships”, until we get a dangerous defensive like the Steelers it will get hard to win in the NFL. GO HINES WARD!!!! GO STEELERS!!!!

PMC

February 3rd, 2011
9:42 am

Future Hall of Famer without question. Probably a perfect example of a Pittsburg Steeler. I’m still kind of sad though that we didn’t get him here in Atlanta, and we don’t have the kind of identity as a franchise that the Steelers do.

Love Hines though, Love the way he plays, like his attitude, everything.

PMC

February 3rd, 2011
9:44 am

Dan Reeves just drafted ANOTHER Tight End Bust.

Dan

February 3rd, 2011
10:35 am

Agree with Sweet Old Buck

Everyone refers to Steelers colors as black and gold

Mr. Ledbetter is either channeling his inner interior decorator by going with the “black and yellow” description or wants to take a subtle dig at the Steelers

Sid

February 3rd, 2011
10:35 am

It was his “hold” that allowed Mendenhall to score when the Steelers beat Atlanta in the opening game.

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Darrell, Sweet Old Buck is right, Gold, not Yellow………….!

Najeh Davenpoop

February 3rd, 2011
8:49 pm

“Black & Yellow” is a reference to a rap song that has more or less become a Pittsburgh anthem, for those of you who are not hip-hopically inclined.

Lodney Ho

February 6th, 2011
9:00 pm

Black and Yellow, that sounds like to me a reference to him being Blasian. Das racist, DOL.

D man

February 6th, 2011
11:57 pm

Congrats to the Packers and the state of Wisconsin.

fairburn1

February 8th, 2011
3:50 pm

“Block to the whistle blows.” That was coached to me! Hines Ward is my favorite player! A Damn good dawg! And I do believe… The only Korean NFL Player in the league.

fairburn1

February 8th, 2011
3:55 pm

He also played quarterback at UGA!