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