Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/31/12

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 in a statement.

Ward, 36, signed a multi-year agreement and appear on NBC Sports Talk with Peter King. He's also a candidate to work on the network's college football studio show.

"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 pre-game show from Indianapolis," said Sam Flood, executive producer, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network, in the news release."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."

Ward played his entire career in Pittsburgh, having joined the team as a third-round choice in the 1998 draft. He established franchise records for receptions (1,000), receiving yards (12,083) and touchdown catches (85), played in three Super Bowl games, and twice won NFL titles. Ward was chosen as the most valuable player in Super Bowl XL.

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