Hines Ward announced his retirement today, the way he should have done so about a month ago - with class.
Ward thanked his teammates, the organization and fans for his 14 years in a Pittsburgh uniform, choking back tears on a number of occasions.
At this point, there's not a whole lot I can say about Ward that I haven't already said.
I've always respected him and he was always a stand-up guy who was loved by his teammates.
That was apparent at Tuesday's press conference when Aaron Smith, James Harrison and Jerome Bettis showed up to lend support.
They did, however, have a side bet on how long it would take Ward to break down and cry. As Harrison said, "Hines is a cryer."
But there's nothing wrong with that. Ward played with emotion, and it was tough for him to walk away from the game he loves.
Ward can do so, however, with his head held high. He gave his all at all times on the field and in practice.
And as he said, he and Smith, James Farrior and Chris Hoke – all of whom the team has parted ways with in the past month – leave a legacy here much like the Steelers of the '70s.
They won, and they won a lot.