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“We had a conversation today with Hines Ward and informed him that we plan to release him of his contract prior to the start of the 2012 NFL calendar year,” Steelers President Art Rooney II told Steelers.com. “Hines has been an integral part of our success since we drafted him in 1998, and we will forever be grateful for what he has helped us achieve.”
Ward has 1,000 career catches (eighth all time), 12,083 receiving yards (18th) and 85 touchdown receptions (13th). He was named to four Pro Bowls and was a Super Bowl MVP.