Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 5/31/12

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 06: Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during the game against the Oakland Raiders on December 6, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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 one of the most highly-watched shows on TV, so this will be a huge stage for Ward. He exhibited some charm as a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars,” and his lengthy career with a successful NFL team made him fairly well known. Another plus for NBC is that Hines is a hated player; networks loving having controversial personalities, and Ward fits that role.

I just hope he doesn’t screw up an already outstanding show. Between Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison, I love watching Football Night in America, so it will be up to Ward to ease his way in.

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