CB Bryant of the Pittsburgh Steelers, retires at 32

Another name to end his career in the NFL, CB Fernando Bryant.

Bryant, at 32, said his agent Drew Rosenhaus on June 23 that the cornerback is going to retire, thus ending his 10 years of career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He became a part of the Steelers on November 11, 2008, although he wasn’t seen much action during any of the Steelers play off games, not even on their Super Bowl XLIII triumph.

Bryant was originally drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars as 26th overall pick during the 1999 NFL Draft. Bryant has played his first five seasons as CB for the Jaguars. After that, on 2004, Bryant signed as a free agent for the Detroit Lions, where he became a part of the Lions for 4 seasons, until he was released on February 25, 2008. And almost only a month after, Fernando signed a one-year contract with the Patriots, although he was cut by the team just on August 30 of the same year, until be became a part of the Steelers and until he announced his retirement with them.

If we can recall, The Pittsburgh Steelers released rookie Donovan Woods to give way for CB no. 31, although Woods re-signed with the Steelers on November 8, 2008.

Just like every other player who have turned 30 and up, Bryant now ends his 10 years of NFL career. Many of them will say it’s just the numbers, although some may also see it relevant, that age really comes as a factor, especially in football. But whatever they reason will be, sure Bryant have collected plenty enough of memories and experiences during a decade long of his NFL life.

Ward honored to be a pure Pittsburgh Steeler

Hines Ward exclaimed that it is a big honor to start with his career, and eventually end up wearing a Pittsburgh Steeler Jersey.

Hines Ward, a ten year veteran wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, shares his thoughts about how privileged he is being started as a Steeler, and still being a Steeler ten years later. He told that not too many players are given that opportunity, to play his entire career belonging to a sole team. And as the Steelers signed him a four-year contract extension last April 25, 2009, Ward is pretty sure that before his playing days in the field will be over, he has definitely a few more seasons left to play for his beloved team.

Hines Ward was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 3rd round of the 1998 NFL Draft. In his pro career, Ward had already been into 4 Pro Bowl from the 2001 till the 2004 season. He was also named to 3 team MVPs, one of them was on Super Bowl XL on February 5, 2006, when he was the Most Valuable Player, as the team won 21-10. Ward was also shown in action as being the all-time leading receiver for the Steelers, on November 27, 2005, with Hines’ 538th catch versus the Cleveland Browns, finishing the game in favor of the Steelers.

Aside from Ward’s goal to arrive at his 10,000 yards in his professional career, which is just 220 yards away, one incredible record he did in the history was to surpass wide receivers Lynn Swann and John Stallworth along the way, which he quoted as crazy! Ward even added that he’d never thought he can ever do that, and having done that, in fact, Ward doesn’t know what more to ask for.

Maybe the answer is a few more Super Bowl rings, as the WR veteran has nothing in mind but to play his remaining games with the team, and win the Super Bowl titles for the Steelers.