When the Steelers and Bengals first met, Hines Ward put a hit on Keith Rivers that broke his jaw and ended his season. Since then, several Bengals players have vowed revenge (Rivers even mumbled that Ward will "reap what he sows").
Ward isn't too concerned with that. He'll be there on Thursday night waiting for Cincinnati to try something. He's also ready to bring the pain himself.
"I always keep my head on a swivel," Ward said Tuesday. "It's football. ... Their heads should be on a swivel."
"I'm not going to change because of the threat somebody is going to get me back," Ward said. "Every game, there's somebody trying to get me. I'll apologize for the guy being out the whole year, Rivers, but there's nothing I can do about it. I'm not going to apologize for the way I play this game. Nobody's going to apologize to me if I get knocked out going over the middle."
He's right. Still, there is nothing scarier in sports than playing against a team that has nothing to lose. The Bengals are 1-8-1 and have nothing much to play for. Ruining the Steelers playoff hopes is their top priority.
Second on the list may be Mr. Ward.
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