Hines Ward Who Was Replaced By Antonio Brown in Pittsburgh Steelers Prepares to Suit Up 11 Years After Retirement

Published 06/05/2022, 4:45 PM EDT

NFL franchise Pittsburgh Steelers seems to be sending a batch of their legendary representatives to the XFL in head coaching positions. Two Pittsburgh icons, Hall of Famer Rod Woodson and all-time WR Hines Ward will take charge of their teams. It will be a new challenge for both these legends away from their history in the NFL.

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The announcement came following a list of names revealed on an episode of ESPN’s Get Up. XFL owners Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia were happy to announce to welcome all their new head coaches to their intriguing project. The news about Woodson becoming the head coach of the Las Vegas XFL team first came to light through Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson.

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While Ward will be taking over the San Antonio XFL team under his wing after his last job was working as a wide receivers coach at Florida Atlantic. The Steelers’ all-time leading WR has assistant coaching experience under his belt after interning with the Steelers in 2018. Both icons will be foraying into their first role in an exciting start to the XFL season.

Will Hines Ward become a Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famer before Antonio Brown?

The recent decision from former Buccaneers WR Antonio Brown to not return to play in the NFL has thrown his retirement plans a lifeline. Every Steelers fan recognizes, despite their reservations, that Brown is one of the greatest WRs the franchise has ever seen. AB’s recent comments about retiring as a Steeler seem to have left many wondering who among Ward and Brown will be a Steelers Hall of Famer first.

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The discussion gained more traction following analyst Rich Eisen’s comments about the subject. He believes that while Brown was extremely productive as a Steeler, his late-career implosion might slow down his Hall of Fame campaign.

Eisen adds that it pushes Ward as a favorite to go first into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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While Eisen’s comments could be divisive to some NFL fans, Brown hasn’t helped himself in recent seasons. Despite all the statistics highlighting Brown’s on-field prowess, it is his off-field problems that have taken center stage for bad reasons.

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Anuj Tazhatuveetil

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An NFL author at EssentiallySports, Anuj Tazhatuveetil is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Initially, he worked as a freelance content writer and later as a part of Sports404. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things NFL and NBA, adding to a rather healthy obsession with playing outdoor sports like basketball, and soccer with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this industry make him a sports aficionado.

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