Hines Ward announced his retirement Tuesday after 14 years in the NFL, all as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. That means he'll be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in five years. But should he get in?
Ward was a receiver known as much for the ferocious hits he delivered as the catches he made ... and, of course, the huge smile that was always on his face while doing both.
Opponents hated him and often called him a dirty player. The NFL passed the so-called "Hines Ward rule" after one of his blocks broke the jaw of Cincinnati linebacker Keith Rivers during the 2008 season.
Ward has always been a fan favorite in Pittsburgh but has become a household name nationwide in recent years. He played in three Super Bowls and is a two-time champion, earning one Super Bowl MVP along the way. (Oh, and there's also the Mirrorball Trophy he won last year on "Dancing With the Stars," although the voters in Canton, Ohio, probably won't care too much about that.)