It just shows you what an emotional game this can be. Ward himself is a greatly unselfish player with tons of talent that deserves to make it to a Superbowl one day. Bettis retiring without a ring is akin to Marino.
If Philly had lost the NFC championship I would really have been pulling for these guys. How can you not like the truest of all blue-collar teams with not just great talent, but great sportsmen like Ward, Bettis, and Staley, hell, even Roethlisberger so far has been a class act.