The Pittsburgh Steelers released Wide Receiver Hines Ward a few weeks ago and now Ward has decided to walk away from the game.

In a Press Conference on Tuesday, Ward announced his retirement from the NFL after 14 seasons. Ward at the Podium was quoted as saying:

"For all the fans for years, without your support, this game wouldn't be the same, you mean the world to me" I came to Pittsburgh to give Steelers Nation one last request, I am officially retiring from football as a Pittsburgh Steeler. I couldn't see myself in anything but Black and Gold"

The 14-year veteran receiver is coming off a season in which he finished with 46 receptions for 381 yards and two touchdowns, the lowest totals in each category since he was a rookie in 1998. In his career Ward is the Steelers  all-time leader in receptions, receiving yardage and touchdown receptions. Ward was voted MVP of Super Bowl XL, and is one of eight NFL players to reach 1,000 career receptions. He and Jerry Rice are the only 2 players to have 1,000 receptions and multiple Super Bowl wins.

[Steelers.com]