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Former American football wide receiver

  • Hines E. Ward, Jr. played for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League for fourteen seasons.
  • He is the team's all-time leader in receptions, receiving yardage and touchdown receptions.
  • He was voted MVP of Super Bowl XL.
  • Upon his retirement, he was one of only eight NFL players to have 1,000 or more career receptions.
  • He played college football at the University of Georgia.
  • Born in Seoul, South Korea to a Korean mother and an African American father.
  • He has become an advocate for the social acceptance of foreigners in Korea, especially mixed-race youth.
  • He broke his kneecap in the fourth grade and the doctors never accounted for the ligament.
  • In a September 12, 2010 home game against the Atlanta Falcons, Ward became the first player in Steeler history to surpass 11,000 receiving yards.
  • On January 1, 2012, in a game against the Cleveland Browns, Ward caught his 1000th reception, becoming the eighth player in NFL history to do so.
  • On February 29, 2012, the Steelers announced their intention to release Ward.
  • On March 20, 2012, he announced his retirement from football.
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