Hines Ward is a great NFL player who has played his entire career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has been a big part of the success that the Steelers have experienced over the years too, and is known not only for his ability to catch the ball but also to lay a great block on the opposition as well.
This amazing wide receiver remains wildly popular in Pittsburgh and with Steelers fans around the globe. There is still not a lot known about him though and with that in mind here is a look at 17 fun facts about Pittsburgh Steelers’ great Hines Ward.
#1 Hines Ward was born on March 8th, 1976.
#2 Hines Ward was born in one of the most populated cities in the world, Seoul, South Korea.
#3 92 players were selected ahead of Ward in the 1998 NFL Draft when the Steelers used their 3rd round pick on him.
#4 Though he would go on to have a stellar career at wide receiver, in high school Hines Ward was an All American quarterback.
#5 In college at the University of Georgia, Ward played wide receiver, tailback, and quarterback at different times.
#6 Due to a bicycle wreck when he was a child, Ward is actually missing one of the anterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee.
#7 One of the tattoos that Hines Ward has is of Mickey Mouse in the Heisman Trophy pose.
#8 In 1999, in his only punt return attempt of his NFL career, Hines Ward return the ball just two yards.
#9 During his rookie season in 1998, Ward attempted and completed his first NFL pass, throwing it for 17 yards. He wouldn’t attempt another one until 2001 and that one would fall incomplete.
#10 In 2011, Hines Ward took home first place in the Dancing With The Stars reality show.
#11 Twice during his career, Ward has been voted the dirtiest player in the NFL in a poll of NFL players conducted by Sports Illustrated.
#12 Hines Ward would not have his first 100 yard game unti 2001, his fourth year in the league. In the 9th game of that season he would catch 9 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown in a 20-7 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
#13 Through the 2010 season, Ward has caught more touchdown passes from Ben Roethlisberger than anyone else, a total of 39. He has also caught touchdown passes from Tommy Maddox (17), Kordell Stewart (14), Mike Tomczak (4), Charlie Batch (4), Antwaan Randle El (2), Jerome Bettis (1), Kent Graham (1), and Byron Leftwich (1).
#14 The first NFL touchdown pass Hines Ward ever caught came in 1999 in a 43-0 win over the Cleveland Browns. It happened in the fourth quarter, went for just one yard, and was thrown to him by Mike Tomczak.
#15 The longest touchdown pass Ward has caught so far in the regular season came in 2005 when Ben Roethlisberger hit him for an 85 yarder in the first quarter of a 23-20 loss to the New England Patriots.
#16 The first and so far only rushing touchdown Hines Ward has ever gotten in the NFL regular season came in 2004 when he ran one in from 16 yards out in the first quarter of a 27-3 win over their cross state rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles.
#17 Through the 2010 season, Ward has scored more touchdowns against the Cincinnati Bengals, a total of 15, than he has against any other team in the league. In second place on that list are the Cleveland Browns who have given up 10 touchdowns to him over the years.