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Hines Ward

Hines Ward - #86 - WR

Status Inactive
Height/Weight 6' 0"/ 205 lbs.
Birthday 03/08/1976
Birthplace Seoul, GA
College Georgia
Years played 14
Drafted 1998, 3rd round, 31st pick by Steelers

Court date postponed in Hines Ward extortion case

Posted Oct. 23, 2012 @ 4:19 p.m. ET
A preliminary hearing for a man charged with trying to extort $15,000 from Hines Ward was postponed until Dec. 3 at the request of his attorney.

Man in court on Hines Ward extortion charges

Posted Oct. 19, 2012 @ 10:28 a.m. ET
A man who claims his girlfriend once had a "physical relationship" with retired Steelers WR Hines Ward was in custody Friday on charges he tried to extort $15,000 from the player.

Hines Ward hired as analyst for NBC Sports

Posted May 31, 2012 @ 3:28 p.m. ET
Former Steelers WR Hines Ward has been hired as an analyst for NBC Sports.

Ward retires as a Steeler

Posted March 20, 2012 @ 12:29 p.m. ET
After 14 seasons of going over the middle, making tough blocks and hauling in important catches, WR Hines Ward announced his retirement on Tuesday.

None of Steelers' cuts was unexpected

Posted March 04, 2012 @ 10:32 a.m. ET
The Steelers will part ways with several stalwarts, including the team's all-time leading receiver Hines Ward, but that wasn't unexpected.

Pass-catching skill, toughness define Ward

Posted Feb. 29, 2012 @ 8:35 p.m. ET
Hines Ward contributed to the Steelers' collective physicality, but his pass catching will be what puts him in the Hall of Fame discussion. 

Steelers to cut WR Ward

Posted Feb. 29, 2012 @ 5:32 p.m. ET
The Steelers will release WR Hines Ward, the team announced on Wednesday.

DUI charge against Ward dropped

Posted Feb. 22, 2012 @ 12:54 p.m. ET
DUI charges were dropped Wednesday against Steelers WR Hines Ward after he agreed to a plea agreement that involves probation, community service and a fine.

Mendenhall may begin 2012 on PUP list

Posted Feb. 13, 2012 @ 4:33 p.m. ET
Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall is expected to begin the 2012 season on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

Reports: Steelers restructure contracts, expected to cut Ward

Posted Feb. 11, 2012 @ 5:50 p.m. ET
The Steelers spent the week cutting their 2012 salary-cap numbers and appear ready to part ways with veteran WR Hines Ward.

Steelers' salary-cap issues material but not crippling

Posted Jan. 21, 2012 @ 9:56 p.m. ET
Steelers president Art Rooney II told reporters that the club faces some cap-related decisions, but there are ways the club can address this issue.

Report: 'Expectations' around Steelers are Ward likely to retire

Posted Jan. 09, 2012 @ 1:39 p.m. ET
The "expectations" around the Steelers' organization are WR Hines Ward will likely elect to retire,'s Mike Freeman reported Monday.

Is Ward's career with Steelers coming to a close?

Posted Dec. 24, 2011 @ 12:58 p.m. ET
Week 16 could mark the final regular-season game that Hines Ward plays in Pittsburgh, from what we hear.

L.T. moving up the all-time yards-from-scrimmage list

Posted Nov. 19, 2011 @ 3:29 p.m. ET
This week's "NFList" looks at the top seven active players in yards gained from scrimmage, led by RB LaDainian Tomlinson, who earned most of his yards as a Charger.

Ward's role in passing game could be waning

Posted Nov. 18, 2011 @ 1:55 p.m. ET
What will WR Hines Ward's role be down the stretch? It becomes an issue to monitor after Ward played less than usual in the Week 10 win at Cincinnati.


Posted March 20, 2012
Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward retired on Tuesday rather than try extending his career with another team. The decision comes three weeks after Ward was released by the Steelers in a salary cap maneuver. The 36-year-old Ward is the franchise's all-time leader in every major receiving category, including receptions, yards and touchdowns. Ward said following his release he believed he "still had some football in him," but changed his mind.||||||| Ward was the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 Super Bowl after catching five passes for 123 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 21-10 victory over Seattle. The four-time Pro Bowler saw his playing time decrease last season behind Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown. Ward finished with just 46 receptions, the fewest since his rookie year in 1998.
Posted Feb. 29, 2012
The Steelers will release wide receiver Hines Ward. A four-time Pro Bowl selection, who holds franchise records for receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, Ward, 35, has spent all of his 14 NFL seasons with Pittsburgh.||||||| Ward was the MVP of Super Bowl in 2006 after leading the Steelers to a 21-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. He posted a game-high 123 receiving yards on five receptions with one touchdown.
Posted Feb. 11, 2012
Ward wants to retire with the Pittsburgh Steelers, offering to restructure his contract to do it. Ward posted on his Facebook page Saturday that he's already told the Steelers he's willing to work with them on altering his deal so he can remain with the team. Ward's comments came after reported the Steelers are planning to cut the franchise's all-time leading receiver.||||||| The 14-year veteran is scheduled to make $4 million in 2012. He's coming off a season in which he finished with 46 receptions for 381 yards and two touchdowns, the lowest totals in each category since he was a rookie in 1998.
Posted Jan. 01, 2012
Ward has become the eighth player in NFL history with 1,000 career receptions.||||||| Ward caught a shovel pass in the fourth quarter from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and although it lost three yards, it made him the first Pittsburgh receiver to reach the milestone. Ward and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice are the only players with 1,000 receptions and more than one Super Bowl win. After the catch, Ward came to the sideline, was embraced by his teammates and saluted by thousands of Pittsburgh fans.
Posted Oct. 28, 2011
Ward did not practice again on Friday due to a sprained ankle and is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.||||||| Emmanuel Sanders indicated he expects to start Sunday in place of Ward, who has not practiced all week. Sanders has one official career start - the season finale last season, but only because Pittsburgh opened in a three-receiver set. Ward has not missed a game since 2007 - although last November he was knocked out of a game against the Patriots early due to a concussion. That ended a club record streak of 186 consecutive games with a reception.