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Hines Ward has had a busy last couple of years. He's been on the cover of a cereal box
(pats self on back),
won ABC's reality show dance contest, Dancing With The Stars
, and will appear with other Steelers in the summer blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises
Oh, he also accrued the statistics necessary to make him a Hall of Fame football player, and he retired from the game after a 14 year career.
Next up? NBC Sports.
Ward will join the network as an analyst for its NFL programming including the highly rated Football Night in America program that serves as the lead-in for Sunday Night Football. Ward is represented by Andrew Ree and his Georgia-based marketing company CSE.
"We think Hines is a perfect match for television because he brings with him a unique combination of charisma and football experience, which he demonstrated on our Super Bowl pregame show from Indianapolis," Sam Food, executive producer, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network, said in a prepared statement. "He’s an opinionated personality who can draw upon his 14 years of experience, having excelled at the highest levels of the game. Just don't expect him to dance." (via Pittsburgh Business Times)
Ward follows in the footsteps of another famous Steeler who worked with NBC Sports after retiring -- Jerome Bettis. Bettis had a short tenure with the network (when they seemingly had 8 million television personalities) before being released in 2009.
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Recently retired Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward is coming to a television set near you as Ed Bouchette passes along the word today that Ward has been hired by NBC. Not only will Ward be part of Football Night in America on Sundays, he also is slated to appear regularly on NBC SportsTalk with Mike Florio and Sports Illustrated's Peter King in addition to being a...
Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward will join NBC Sports as an NFL and college football analyst, the network announced Thursday.
Ward, who retired at age 36 after the Steelers released him in March, will work on the hour-long "Football Night in America" show that precedes "Sunday Night Football."
NBC said the Steelers' all-time receiving...
Former Pittsburgh Steelers star Hines Ward has been hired by NBC Sports to work as an analyst for its NFL and college football coverage.
Ward retired in March after 14 seasons with the Steelers.
NBC announced Thursday that it has come to a multiyear agreement with Ward. The four-time Pro Bowl receiver will be a regular contributor to the NBC's Football Night In America on Sundays...
Hines Ward will be making the transition from athlete to broadcaster now that he’s retired.
The former Steelers receiver has been hired by NBC Sports according to SI media reporter Richard Deitsch.
Deitsch says Ward will serve as an analyst for “Football Night in America,” college football and on the NBC Sports Network.
NBC’s Football Night in America frequently rates as...
Hines Ward, former always-smiling Steelers wide receiver and Dancing with the Stars champion, will join NBC as an analyst for Football Night in America, college football and the NBC Sports Network. SI's Richard Deitsch broke the news via Twitter this afternoon.
Judging by the replies to Deitsch's Twitter and from other reactions around the net, people are happy with this...
Hines Ward predicted he wouldn't wear retirement well. He didn't wear it long, either. Ward will be part of NBC Sports' football coverage, joining the Football Night in America show that airs Sunday night while also contributing to other projects. "It is a big honor for me and I am looking forward to making the most of this great opportunity." Ward said...
The recently-retired Hines Ward still will be involved with football this fall -- only from the other side of the TV set.
On Thursday, NBC announced that Ward has been hired as an analyst for "Football Night in America."
The former Pittsburgh Steelers great and "Dancing With The Stars" champion also will lend his talents to the Peacock Network's college...
After a live audition during the Super Bowl last year, NBC has pulled the trigger and hired recently retired Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward for their programming. Ward will join the Football Night in America pregame show for Sunday Night Football amongst other duties for NBC.
Ward was an analyst for NBC during the Super Bowl this past February, and did a pretty good job. Before...
Hines Ward Joins NBC Sports Stable of Analysts- NBC Sports Group has announced that former Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward has joined the company as a football analyst. Ward will be a regular contributor on Football Night in America; serve as an analyst every Saturday on NBC’s and NBC Sports Network’s college football studio programming with Liam
It was reported by several Pittsburgh-Area and many national outlets that recently retired Steelers’ wide receiver Hines Ward will be ‘taking his talents’ to NBC where he will serve as an analyst for Sunday Night Football among other duties for the peacock network.
I’m not surprised at all that Ward will be a TV personality as I think many Steelers fans would have predicted...
I’m pleased to announce our new partnership with Total Sports Enterprises (TSE) for the upcoming Steelers season.
TSE is a Steeler-fan-owned company that represents Hines Ward, Mike Wallace, Lawrence Timmons and Rocky Bleier for all of their memorabilia & autograph appearances, and also works with them on social media marketing, licensed products, and other...
In what seems to be a trend this off season, former Steelers QB Kordell “Slash” Stewart came to Pittsburgh on Wednesday to formally announce his retirement from the NFL and end his career as a Pittsburgh Steeler.
I say, “what seems to be a trend” because so many big names from the last decade have either retired on their own or were released and decided to just call it a...