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Hines Ward Career Timeline - 2003 - 6th Year

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9/7/03 Vs. Baltimore Ravens Starting the season off big, Ward leads the team in receptions in the season-opener with a team-high nine receptions for 91 yards and two TDs, one on a 28-yard pass from Tommy Maddox.  He goes on to surpass Lynn Swann's 336 career receptions for third place on the Steelers' all-time career receptions list. W 34-15
9/14/03 @ Kansas City Chiefs Ward leads the team for the second straight week with nine receptions for a team-high 146 yards, including a 50-yard reception on the first play from scrimmage. L 20-41
9/21/03 @ Cincinnati Bengals Four receptions for 48 yards and one TD, Ward fought for extra yardage on his TD when he appeared to be stopped at the Bengals' two-yard line, but with assistance from Dan Kreider, manages to plunge forward for the score. W 17-10
9/28/03 Vs. Tennessee Titans Leads the team for the third time in the season with nine receptions for 76 yards. L 13-30
10/5/03 Vs. Cleveland Browns Ward is held to two receptions for 55 yards, including a long of 30 yards. L 13-33
10/12/03 @ Denver Broncos Ward leads the team for the fourth game this season, having eight receptions for 81 yards.  He also has two runs for a total of nine yards, including a long of 12 yards. L 14-17
10/26/03 Vs. St. Louis Rams Coming off the bye week, Ward again leads the team, for the fifth time this season, with five receptions for 90 yards and two TDs with a long of 45 yards. One rush for three yards.  Ward also makes the tackle on Aeneas Williams at the Pittsburgh 32 after Williams intercepts a pass to him. L 21-33
11/2/03 @ Seattle Seahawks Ward has a team-high eight receptions for 66 yards to lead the team for the sixth time. Ward also performs an acrobatic catch on a 2-yard pass from Maddox for the TD.   Also three rushes for 14 yards, including a long of 11 yards. L 16-23
11/9/03 Vs. Arizona Cardinals Ward leads the team for the seventh time in nine games with six receptions for 64 yards and two TDs. W 28-15
11/17/03 @ San Francisco 49ers Finishing with four catches for 44 yards, Ward suffers a neck injury on a long pass play in the third quarter in which he landed head-first on the turf.  He was able to return to action in the fourth quarter.  In one of the most dismal stretches of coach Bill Cowher's 12 seasons, the Steelers still are just two games out of first place in the AFC North. L 14-30
11/23/03 @ Cleveland Browns Ward has his lowest reception total of the season, catching just one pass for 13 yards. W 13-6
11/30/03 vs. Cincinnati Bengals Ward catches a career-high 13 passes for 149 yards and one TD.  13 catches are the second most in a single game in Steelers' history (14, Courtney Hawkins, 11/1/98 vs. Tennessee).  He makes five catches during the Steelers' final 11-play scoring drive, including the final two. L 20-24
12/7/03 Vs. Oakland Raiders Leading the team for the eighth time, Ward has four receptions for 67 yards, including a long of 38 yards. Ward makes the tackle on Derrick Gibson on an interception at the Pittsburgh 43.  Jerome Bettis moves past Thurman Thomas into ninth place in NFL career rushing (12,116). W 27-7
12/14/03 @ New York Jets In a game that featured extreme weather ranging from driving rain to blizzards, Ward surpasses 1,000 receiving yards for the third-consecutive season and becomes the only Steelers' player to reach 1,000 yards for three-straight seasons.  He is only the second receiver to reach 1,000 yards three times (John Stallworth).  Ward also leads the team in receptions for the ninth time with five catches for 68 yards, including a long of 25. L 0-6
12/21/03 Vs. San Diego Chargers Becoming only the fifth receiver in Steelers' history to reach 5,000 receiving yards, Ward leads the team for the 10th time with six receptions for 94 yards and one TD.  He also has three rushing attempts for 32 yards, including a long of 25 yard.  Jerome Bettis also passes Marcus Allen to become the seventh leading rusher in NFL history (12,299). W 40-24
12/28/03 @ Baltimore Ravens Ward has two receptions for 11 yards.  The Steelers lose in OT on a FG by Matt Stover.  In perhaps the most disappointing of Bill Cowher's 12 seasons as coach, there is no post season play. L 10-13 in OT
RECAP   For the third time, Ward is selected to the 2004 Pro Bowl.

He is named the team MVP for the second straight year (shared the award with Joey Porter in 2002).

Earns the Associated Press 2003 second-team All-Pro honors.

Leads the team in receiving for the fifth straight season.

Surpasses 1,000 receiving yards for the third straight season to become the only receiver in Steelers history to achieve that mark.

Finishes the season with 1,163 yards and 10 TDs on 95 receptions.  Also rushes for 61 yards on 11 carries.
6-10 Season

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