Hines Ward, the former Steelers wide receiver who was named MVP of Super Bowl XL, has been hired by NBC Sports to work as an analyst on “Football Night in America.”
Ward was released by the Steelers early in the spring and ultimately decided to retire after playing 14 seasons in Pittsburgh.
"We think Hines is a perfect match for television because he brings with him a unique combination of charisma and football experience, which he demonstrated on our Super Bowl pre-game show from Indianapolis," said Sam Flood, executive producer, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. "He’s an opinionated personality who can draw upon his 14 years of experience, having excelled at the highest levels of the game. Just don't expect him to dance."
"I am really excited! It's not everyday that you get the chance to work for a powerhouse like the NBC Sports Group," said Ward. "It is a big honor for me and I am looking forward to making the most of this great opportunity."
In addition to appearing on the popular Sunday-night program, Ward will also contribute to other NBC programming, including serving as a studio analyst for college football games.