Ward: Steelers have legit shot every season

For anyone who wants to write off the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010 — the same Steelers who will be without offensive starters Santonio Holmes, Willie Colon and Ben Roethlisberger (to start the season) — Hines Ward isn’t hearing it.

Ward told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Wednesday that type of talk is premature, while also suggesting it might not be such a bad thing.

“It seems like every year we won the Super Bowl, nobody gave us a chance to win the Super Bowl, and when everybody thought we were going to win it, we didn’t make the playoffs,” Ward said. “We don’t buy into all that stuff. Every year we know we have a legitimate chance of making the playoffs. There’s teams in the league that can’t say that, can’t say they have a legitimate chance of winning the Super Bowl. Every year, we have the core group of guys that can get it done.”

Ward, a 13-year veteran, also touches on the topic of how long he plans to play, saying it’s not time to bury him, either. Having turned 34 following the season, he isn’t hiding from the questions as to how long he can play at his current level.

“I understand that perception,” said Ward. “That doesn’t mean that I can’t play football. People are so quick to bury us and put us in an old folks’ home like we can’t play. I still caught 95 balls (in 2009). How can you explain that? Next year if I only catch 40 balls then you have a legitimate story to write.”

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