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Sport Steelers legend Hines Ward questions team leadership

23:36  11 october  2017
23:36  11 october  2017 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Hines Ward thinks he knows exactly what the Steelers ' problem is, and it has everything to do with the team 's leaders . “Someone has to take the leadership role." When Ward was drafted by the Steelers in 1998, Pittsburgh had running back Jerome Bettis and coach Bill Cowher.

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“The talent is there, but if you have a lot of ‘me guys’ out there, you’re not going to get to where you want to get,” Ward told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh (via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). “Someone has to take the leadership role."

When Ward was drafted by the Steelers in 1998, Pittsburgh had running back Jerome Bettis and coach Bill Cowher. When those men spoke, teammates listened. Right now, the Steelers have a lot of guys talking that may not be listening to each other.

“The Steelers have always done a great job of mixing the older guys with the younger guys and teaching them the way, and for whatever reason, there was some leadership lost after Brett Keisel left, after Troy Polamalu left and Casey Hampton and those guys," Ward added.

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Hines Ward thinks he knows exactly what the Steelers ' problem is, and it has everything to do with the team 's leaders . “Someone has to take the leadership role." When Ward was drafted by the Steelers in 1998, Pittsburgh had running back Jerome Bettis and coach Bill Cowher.

The retired receiver asked, “Yes, the talent is there. But is the leadership there in the locker room?”.

Ward, a 14-year NFL veteran, was always seen as a guy who would do anything for his team. He was known as much for his willingness to block as he was known for catching passes. Then guys like Bettis, who may not have been the fleetest of foot, would always fight for extra yards and get stronger deep in games. That was a lead teammates followed.

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Many around the league have noticed the rifts in the Steelers locker room and Ward simply echoed those worries.

“Yes, the talent is there," he said. "But is the leadership there in the locker room?”

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