Steelers Arrive Texas, Ready for Super Business

Hines Ward was ready for a rodeo of a week leading up to the Super Bowl as he stepped off the Pittsburgh Steelers’ charter flight when the team arrived in Dallas.

Pittsburgh’s star wide receiver, who embraces his reputation as one of the league’s most aggressive — and some say, dirtiest — players, was decked out in a big black cowboy hat, a black sequined Western-style shirt, blue jeans, boots and a Texas-sized silver belt buckle.

“I’m in Dallas, Texas,” Ward said, smiling. “I wanted to put on my whole cowboy outfit and enjoy it. No nerves.”

He sure looked loose, and almost like a native Texan. Not bad for a guy born in South Korea who grew up in Georgia and has played in Pittsburgh for 13 years.

“Where’d I find all this stuff?” an amused Ward asked, repeating a reporter’s question. “A little place in Monroeville (Pa.). It’s my little diamond in the rough there.”

Ward and the rest of these Steelers are no strangers to the NFL’s biggest stage, making their third Super Bowl trip in six years.

Mankins and Patriots at Odds

There remains the possibility of Logan Mankins returning to the New England Patriots next season. But the Pro Bowl guard doesn’t see that happening.

Mankins told the Boston Herald on Friday that he doesn’t believe New England has any long-term plans for him, and he made it clear he would be unhappy if the team used its franchise tag to bring him back.

via NFL.com news: Mankins on Patriots making offer: ‘I don’t see it happening’.