Hines E. Ward, Jr. (Korean: 하인스 워드/Kim Hyun-ae) was born March 8, 1976 in Seoul, South Korea to a South Korean mother and an African-American father. Since winning Superbowl XL and becoming the MVP in that game, he has become an advocate for ethnic minorities in South Korea. and an international celebrity.
Leaping for joy after Super Bowl catch from Randle-El
As a wide receiver for the University of Georgia Bulldogs (1995–1998), Ward's 149 career receptions for 1,965 yards placed him second in team history. He also played tailback and quarterback and totaled 3,870 all-purpose yards, second only to Herschel Walker in Bulldogs history. In 1996, Hines had 52 receptions for 900 yards, and also ran 26 times for 170 yards. In 1997, he hauled in 55 passes and scored six TDs, getting All-SEC honors in the process.
When he came out of college it was discovered that Ward was missing an ACL in his left knee, which he lost during a bicycle accident during childhood. This may well have affected his position in the NFL draft. He received his bachelors degree in consumer economics from UGA, where he became a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
Ward's versatility has served him well as a professional wide receiver. Since being drafted by the Steelers in the third round of the 1998 NFL draft, he has earned three team Most Valuable Player selections. He is also a four-time NFL Pro Bowl selection (2001–2004). He also had a streak of 4 consecutive 1,000 yard seasons, which likely could have been extended in the 2005 NFL season if he had not missed a game due to injury. In 2002, he set a Steelers franchise record for receptions (112), and touchdowns (12), and was named to his first of two consecutive All-NFL teams. He is widely considered the best blocking receiver in the NFL.
In 2005, Ward missed the first two weeks of training camp in a holdout for a contract extension that would increase his salary. Ward had considered holding out before camp in 2004, but had been persuaded by the Steelers that they could work out an extension during the year. Ward eventually showed up on Auguat 15, 2005 and was on the sidelines for Pittsburgh's first preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles that night, though he did not play in that game. On September 5, 2005, the Steelers announced that they had reached an agreement on a four-year contract extension with Ward.
Immediately following Super Bowl XL Ward was videotaped for the latest "I'm Going to Disney World!" TV commercial, adding "...and I'm taking The Bus!" Ward and Steelers teammate Jerome “The Bus” Bettis also appeared in a victory parade at Disney’s Magic Kingdom theme park.
This season in the opener, Hines Ward scored 2 touchdowns as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Houston Texans 38-17 and coming out of what many sports analysts say was a “two-year slump”. He scored two touchdowns and had 6 receptions for 76 yards. If it hadn’t been for a pass interference call, (which cost the Steelers 54 yards) Ward would have recorded his first 100-yard game since the 2006 season.
With the season only six weeks old, the Steelers stand with a sparkling 4-1 record. During that span, Ward has 24 catches for 316 yards, a 13.2 yards per catch average and four touchdowns. At his current pace, Ward would score 12 touchdowns and have 76 catches for 1,011 yards. Not a bad start to a season for a man who already owns every Steeler receiving record on the books.
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Date of birth: March 8, 1976 (1976-03-08) (age 32)
Place of birth: Seoul, South Korea
Height: 6 ft 0 in
Weight: 205 lb
1998 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career historyCollege: Georgia
NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 3 / Pick: 92
Teams:Pittsburgh Steelers (1998-Present)
Career highlights and awards
4x Pro Bowl selection (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
3x All-Pro selection (2002, 2003, 2004)
2002 Steelers co-MVP
2003 Steelers MVP
2005 Steelers co-MVPSuper Bowl XL MVP
Steelers Career Records for Receptions, Receiving Yards, & Receiving TDs
Selected NFL statistics (through Week 5 of the 2008 NFL season)
Hines with "The Dumptruck" (left) and Nate Washington (right)
The Buccos offered all three contracts after the practice.