PITTSBURGH, PA – The end of an era has come for the Pittsburgh Steelers, as Korean-American Hines Ward was released from the club after a 14-year career.
Ward, now 35, was drafted in 1988 out of the University of Georgia and went on to break many receiving records for the historic franchise. During his career, he amassed 1,000 catches, 12,083 yards and 85 receiving touchdowns and helped Pittsburgh to three AFC championships and a pair of Super Bowl wins, winning the MVP in 2006.
Ward is hoping to return to the league next season. He released a statement which says “I do feel that I still have more football left in me and I am looking forward to playing in the NFL, again, this upcoming season.”
Ward has been well-known around Korea for his attempts to help multiracial Koreans be accepted, and for donating one million dollars to set up the Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation.
Ward and his mother on a trip in Korea