Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A football player first and a wide receiver second. Is Hines Ward the greatest Dawg of all time?

"I'm always compared to Swann and Stallworth. (On Sunday) I kind of felt like I belonged in that class, having two Super Bowl rings."
- Hines Ward.

Anyone think maybe Lynn Swann and John Stallworth look at it the other way around?

Ward is the Steelers all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and receptions per game.

This past year was the fifth 1,000 yard season of Ward's career. He is the Steelers' franchise leader with 74 career post-season catches. He is a Super Bowl MVP and a four-time pro-bowler.

"He's not fast. He's not big. I don't know how the guy gets open, but he's a tough cookie. … After the play he'd hit you in the back of the head and he'd always have that little grin that could get on anybody's nerves."
- All-time NFL Safety Rod Woodson

At Georgia, Ward led the team in receiving yards in 1996 and 1997. He led the team in passing yards in 1995. For his career, Ward is in the top 10 for career kickoff return yardage. He's No. 2 all time in all-purpose yardage.

In his college career, Ward rushed for 1,063 yards, passed for 918, had 1,965 yards receiving and 842 return yards.

This blog loves Charley Trippi and David Greene. But I'm hard pressed to put anyone but Hines Ward in the No. 2 spot when it comes to all-time Bulldogs.

Some days I think he's No. 1. Munson and Ugas I - VII excepted, of course.


Senator Blutarsky said...

It still PO's me to no end that Dan Reeves passed on taking Hines to draft Jammi German.

Anonymous said...

Um, Fran Tarkenton probably gets that No. 2 spot behind Herschel.