Manning's contract with the Broncos is big news, but so is (at least in my opinion) today's retirement of Hines Ward. I think he is one of the best WR's of all time, and especially like the fact that he has always been the consummate team player. He blocked like a MOFO. No one other than Jerry Rice better epitomozes the ideal WR than this guy.
Here is an excerpt from the Yahoo Sports article reporting on his retirement:
"Selected in the third round of the 1998 NFL draft, the Georgia alum leaves the game with all-time franchise marks in receptions (1,000), receiving yards (12,083), receiving touchdowns (85) and 100-yard receiving games (29). He's one of two players in NFL history -- Jerry Rice is the other -- to have at least 1,000 career catches and win multiple Super Bowls. Ward was named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XL, was part of four Pro Bowls, and is a member of the Steelers' 75th Season All-Time Team.
As impressive as his stats are, Ward will always be known as the consummate team player -- he may be the best blocking receiver in NFL history, and he never failed to put it on the line when clearing lanes for running backs and protecting quarterbacks so that other receivers could excel."