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Hines Ward

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When you talk about Hines Ward, you are talking about perhaps the greatest wide receiver in Steelers’ history and certainly the best blocking wide receiver in NFL history. If you have any doubts, let’s go over his accomplishments: he owns every receiving record in franchise history, he is a two-time Super Bowl Champion, the MVP of Super Bowl XL, a four-time Pro Bowler, all-time team leader in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns, he is the only receiver in Steeler history to surpass 1,000 receiving yards for four straight seasons, and was named to the Steelers’ 75th Season All-Time Team, to name just a few. And in case you are wondering about the man off the field, Hines Ward has been equally impressive as a man of character in his community both locally and worldwide.

He was voted the “Most Positive Professional Athlete in the World” by a group of United Nations non-governmental organizations such as Rotary International and Sister Cities International. He was named the Steelers’ “2008 Walter Payton Man of the Year,” was featured as ABC’s “Person of the Week,” has met and befriended five world leaders (two U.S. Presidents, two Korean Presidents, and the Secretary General of the United Nations), has founded and drives his Helping Hands Foundations both in the U.S. and Korea, is active with numerous other foundations (the Caring Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Pearl S. Buck International), and has started his own afterschool iPod education program for kids in his home state of Georgia, among just a few of his community accomplishments.

On the Field

  • Four-time consecutive NFL Pro Bowl selection (2001-2004)
  • Two-time All-NFL team selections (2002-2003)
  • Super Bowl XL MVP
  • Two Super Bowl Rings (XL and XLIII)
  • Four consecutive 1000 yard seasons (2001-2004)
  • Six 1000 yard seasons overall (2001-2004, 2008-2009)
  • Steelers franchise record holder for receptions, touchdowns, and receiving yardage

Off the Field

  • Winner of the United Nations NGO POSITIVE Peace Award as the “Most Positive Professional Athlete in the World” by Rotary International, Sister Cities International, and over 4,000 United Nations NGOs
  • Appointed by President Obama as an Advisor on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
  • Appointed by the United Nations Secretary General as a Goodwill Ambassador for Korea
  • Season 12 ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Champion
  • Participant in Rotary International’s “This Close” campaign to eradicate polio