HEAD OF FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT
Over the course of a storied 14-year NFL career, Hines Ward proved to be one of the most resilient, reliable, physical and competitive wide receivers in league history. He is bringing these same traits to The Alliance, where he will mentor players and work closely with senior leadership to develop and uphold policies that set players up for success on-and-off the field.
Ward spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, becoming the team’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. In 2006, Ward helped lead the Steelers to victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL. His five catches for 123 yards and a touchdown earned him the Super Bowl MVP. Ward and the Steelers returned to the Super Bowl in 2009, when they defeated the Arizona Cardinals for his second Super Bowl title. The four-time Pro Bowl WR retired from the league in 2012, one of just two players in league history with at least 1,000 receptions and two Super Bowl rings.
Ward’s challenging upbringing molded him into the athlete and man he has become. Born on March 8, 1976 in Seoul, South Korea to a Korean mother and an African American father, Ward was raised in Atlanta by his single mother. Over the course of his career, he formed the Helping Hands Foundation to combat bi-racial discrimination and aid inner city and underprivileged youth in Pittsburgh and Atlanta. Ward was named the Steelers 2008 Walter Payton “Man of the Year,” and in September of 2010, President Barack Obama appointed him as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.