Hines Ward's Education Background
Hines Ward is an American football player who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was voted the MVP of Super Bowl XL in 2005. In addition to playing professional football, he also played college football at the University of Georgia. EDUinReview will now take a look at this outstanding athlete’s education background.
Ward was born in Seoul, South Korea to a Korean mother and an African American father. The family moved to Atlanta when he was one-year old. When he was two-years old, his parents divorced and a court decided that Ward should be raised by his paternal grandmother because his mother did not speak English.
Ward attended high school at Forest Park High School in Forest Park, Georgia. While in high school, he played quarterback for the school’s football team and was voted the Clayton County Offensive Player of the Year twice.
In 1994, Ward started his college football career as a wide receiver for the University of Georgia. He had the second most career receptions at his school with 149 receptions and 1,965 yards. While at UGA, he earned his bachelor’s degree in consumer economics and was also a member of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.
After college, he was picked to play for the Steelers in the third round of the draft. He is currently the longest-tenured player on the team and is considered to be one of the best wideouts due to his ability to catch the ball and block his opponents. However, he also has a bad habit of hitting defenders on their blind-side, earning him the title of the NFL’s dirtiest player twice.
Now, Ward is putting his football career on pause while he pursues a career in ballroom dancing. It was announced last month that Ward will be one of the contestants in the twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars.
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