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Ward says he's only trying to inspire

Updated: October 8, 2003, 9:07 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, upset at being shut out of the offense, pleaded with quarterback Tommy Maddox to "Throw me the ball," then upset some teammates with comments made during a team meeting.

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Ward acknowledged Wednesday that he yelled for the ball while being held to two catches in the Steelers' 33-13 loss to Cleveland on Sunday. But he said his impromptu talk a day later was meant to motivate his teammates, not anger them.

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