Bengals' Crocker glad 'dirty' Ward has retired

Chris Crocker and the Cincinnati Bengals haven't had many good things to say about Hines Ward over the years.

It was Ward who once broke linebacker Keith Rivers' jaw on a hit, and his success over the years at the expense of the Bengals is impressive with 131 catches and 15 TDs alone against Cincinnati.

When Ward retired on Tuesday, Crocker made sure to point out the "dirty" side of his play to

"He tried to end people's careers, and that's not the way the game is supposed to be played," Crocker said.

But Crocker also gave credit where credit was due where Ward is concerned.

"He's probably the first receiver to make blocking such a big part of his game; he was an all-around receiver," Crocker said. "He was a dirty player, but he made a lot of plays. They used him perfectly to suit his abilities and he was a big-time player for them. Some people might think of him as a borderline Hall of Famer, but I think the fact he helped them win two Super Bowls and all the things he did for that team make him deserving."

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