Hines Ward was born in Seoul, South Korea on March 8th, 1976. He was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Hines Ward played his entire career as a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
His college football was played with the Georgia Bulldogs, where his 149 career receptions for 1,965 yards placed him second in the team’s history.
Ward was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round, where he was the 92nd overall pick of the 1998 NFL Draft.
During his career, he was voted Most Valuable Player three times for the Steelers and was a four time Pro Bowl selection and was the Steelers most prolific wide receiver pre-Antonio Brown.
Like Mel Blount before him, Ward was the cause of an NFL rule change after he broke the jaw of a rival linebacker with what was at the time deemed a legal block. The ‘Hines Ward Rule’ made it illegal to block on the blindside of a defender using helmet, shoulder or forearm if it hit the neck or head area.
Never afraid to put his body on the line, Hines earned himself the nickname ‘Psycho Ward’
Following a successful playing career, he has since gone on to serve as wide receiver coach with the Steelers (2017) and is the current offensive assistant with the New York Jets.
Away from football, Ward has also made a brief cameo appearance as an actor in The Dark Knight Rises, Batman franchise. He also starred in season 12 of Dancing With The Stars, which he won along with dance partner Kym Johnson.
You can view highlights of Hines Ward’s Pittsburgh career here, including an emotional retirement speech.