Hines Evolving

He is so accessible, so cooperative–familiar to football fans around the globe. He has been here so long, and is so inextricably bound up with the Steelers, that we forget how good he really is, not just in Steeler history, but NFL history.

Never mind that he is one of the best blocking wide receivers to ever play the game. This part of my interview done Wednesday, January 5, speaks to that, and how he is teaching it to the younger receivers on the team.


But, at 34, his football intelligence is only greater. And his ability to get his quarterback first downs is so valuable…Four of them in the game against Cleveland.  He really seems okay that he did not lead the team in receptions for the first time since he tied with Troy Edwards (remember him?) back in 1999. Hines calls Mike Wallace, who did top the list this year, a Pro Bowl receiver. That is coming from a man who went to four, and was also named Super Bowl MVP in 2006.

But there are some records he is closing in on that are important to him. He is just over 300 yards from that magic number of 12 thousand yards. And he is 40-something catches away from 1000 receptions. But within closer reach is Ring Number 3.  And that is the most important, obviously. He and Ben Roethlisberger have worked their magic for well over 500 catches since 2004. And their relationship, which Hines terms as “brothers,” is stronger than ever.

He was already named by NFL.com as one of the top ten Steelers. I can not imagine, that when Hines finally does retire, he will have no problem getting into the Hall of Fame. He has changed the game, and played it with that smile that has delighted Steeler Nation, and beyond.

Plus, he is always ready to flash that smile for a photo–this one for our photojournalist, T.J. Haught.


2 Responses

  1. Hi Sally

    Good post. A Pittsburgh legend interviews another Pittsburgh legend.

    Pitt Girl’s Dad

    • Hi!!!!! So nice to meet you. You are too kind, and a bit of exaggeration. At least about me. Your beautiful daughter is the true legend.

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