hans ward

early life

Born in Seoul, South Korea on March 8, 1976, Hines Ward is the son of an African-American father and a Korean mother. Ward moved to the United States with his mom when he was just 1 year old. A standout athlete, he eventually starred at the University of Georgia. As a pro, he played his entire 14-year NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, retiring after the 2011 season.

Pro Career

While concerns about Ward's health helped drive down the receiver's value among pro scouts, the Pittsburgh Steelers eventually selected him in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft.

A gritty, tough receiver, who quickly developed a reputation for dishing out hits just as fierce as he received them, Ward quickly became a valuable component of the Steelers' offense.

His breakout year came in 2001, in which he set a team record for single season receptions (94) and was named to his first Pro Bowl. He also led the Steelers to the AFC Championship that year, where Tom Brady and the underdog New England Patriots defeated him and the team. He followed things up in 2002 with an even better season, catching 112 balls.

In 2006, Ward realized a lifelong dream when helped lead the Steelers to victory over the Seattle Seahawks at Super Bowl XL. Hines caught five passes for 123 yards in the championship contest and was named the game's MVP. In 2009, he helped the Steelers to an additional title at Super Bowl XLIII.

Ward, who battled injuries in his final years, retired from football following the 2011 season.