Ex-UGA star Hines Ward joins NBC Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward speaks to reporters during the team's media day for Super Bowl XLIII Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, in Tampa, Fla. The Cardinals will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL Super Bowl football game on Sunday, Feb. 1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward speaks to reporters during the team's media day for Super Bowl XLIII Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, in Tampa, Fla. The Cardinals will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL Super Bowl football game on Sunday, Feb. 1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Former UGA and Pittsburgh Steeler great Hines Ward joined NBC Sports Group as an analyst across its NFL, college football and studio programming, it was announced Thursday.

As part of the multi-year agreement, Ward will be a regular contributor to the Football Night in America; serve as an analyst every Saturday on NBC’s and NBC Sports Network’s college football studio programming with Liam McHugh and Doug Flutie; and will regularly appear on NBC SportsTalk with Mike Florio and Peter King to preview and recap the week in the NFL.

Ward, who appeared on NBC’s Super Bowl XLVI pre-game show, is a four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and two-time Super Bowl champion. The Super Bowl XL MVP finished his stellar 14-year career with 1,000 catches for 12,083 yards and 83 touchdowns, all Steelers’ records.

“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 a 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.”

Ward played at Georgia from 1994-97. He was recruited out of Forest Park High as a quarterback, but ended up mostly playing wide receiver. He finished with 149 catches for 1,965 yards. He also 3,870 all-purpose yards, second only to Herschel Walker. Here’s more on his UGA career.

“I am really excited! It’s not every day that you get the chance to work for a powerhouse like the NBC Sports Group,” Ward said in a statement. “It is a big honor for me and I am looking forward to making the most of this great opportunity.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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31 comments Add your comment

SteveGA

May 31st, 2012
5:52 pm

FIRST!!! Hell yeah I’M awesome!

SEC up in NYC

May 31st, 2012
5:52 pm

Glad to see Hines moving into such a great opportunity in the media. However, I wish he was on the sidelines coaching somewhere, either at the pro or college level. A lot of these kids could learn a lot from Hines about playing with dedication and fire on every play, whether you are a target, a decoy, or a blocker. Best of luck, Hines!!!!

SeenThisB4

May 31st, 2012
6:05 pm

Wow Dled! Nothing on the falcan’ts! Or did they just skip the OTA today?

tenn.DAWG

May 31st, 2012
6:15 pm

Damn Good Dawg !!!

JB

May 31st, 2012
6:29 pm

For very selfish reasons I wish he was the WR coach At Georgia. Imagine our WR playing with his teaching and attitude.

Fan

May 31st, 2012
6:36 pm

Good for him. Wish him luck in his future endeavor.

Game Changer

May 31st, 2012
7:10 pm

One of the most pure athletes and football players that had a heart, passion and desire to be the best and do whatever necessary for the team as a whole.

Hines Ward, no doubt you will be successful in this new job.

BigDawg

May 31st, 2012
7:24 pm

Let’s get him on the UGA payroll!!

BigDawg

May 31st, 2012
7:25 pm

SeenThisB4 – does anyone care about the Falcons like they care for UGA?!

Greg

May 31st, 2012
7:30 pm

“SEC up in NYC: Hines as a coach would be ideal, but he can make about 10x more $ doing tv than coaching.

SeenThisB4

May 31st, 2012
7:41 pm

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 31st, 2012
8:30 pm

Seen — Wrote a Sunday story. Today’s OTA was not open to the media.

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jonkdawgwithfalcons

May 31st, 2012
10:38 pm

How about that?

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Pago Pago Flyer

June 1st, 2012
8:14 am

Can we just win a bowl game….?

Sandra

June 1st, 2012
8:32 am

UGA, Mark Richt, hello…..HIRE HIM!!!!!!!

Felecia Myers

June 1st, 2012
8:54 am

I am soooo proud of you Hines.

smittyderf

June 1st, 2012
9:16 am

Hines Ward will be great. He is a straight shooter.
Different subject. May have already been said somewhere: it seems so simple. No way atlanta citizenzs should pay a dime for a new football stadium. That would be a worse boondoggle than the bank crisis perpetrated by all the CEO s . Let Blank and Marcus and cronies pay for it. Then call it
” the Home Depot”

Fidlin1

June 1st, 2012
10:03 am

Don’t close the door on a UGA hire Hines.Please.

danny

June 1st, 2012
10:33 am

He wanted a coaching position at UGA if i’m not wrong. Mark Richt must must have prayed about it and decided that a future HOF receiver wasn’t good enough for his staff. Don’t worry Hines, all you would have gotten to do is whatever Richt let you do. Just ask Mike Bobo

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 1st, 2012
11:18 am

SeenThisB4 — OTAs were closed to media on Thursday.

Steve

June 1st, 2012
12:24 pm

He should have never made it to NBC….He should be on UGA’s payroll and be a part of Bobo’s staff!

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Santa Cruz Red and Black

June 2nd, 2012
8:11 am

Great for Hines, but it would be awesome to see at UGA coaching.

jonkdawg

June 2nd, 2012
9:34 pm

Hines Ward wanted to work for Uga so badly he can’t see straight but there is no positions for him that is great that he got a job at giant network like NBC nice going bro.

JSS

June 3rd, 2012
5:48 am

Ledbetter, what? The AJC didn’t hire you a Blackhawk Special Ops Stealth copter to get the 411 on 20 yard outs? I’m astounded!!! ;-)

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