Hines Ward’s Greatest Moments
Hines Ward announced his retirement from the NFL on March 20, 2012. During the course of his 14-year career, the wide receiver delivered some unforgettable moments.
Here’s a look at 10 great moments in no particular order. Cast your vote for the best in the poll below!
No. 1 – Hines Shows T.O. How It’s Done – Nov. 7, 2004
After scoring a touchdown, Hines, on a dare from his teammates, mocked Terrell Owens with his “Eagle” dance in the endzone
No. 2 – Hines Shows Off For His Hometown
Playing the Falcons in Georgia on Oct. 26, 2006, Hines caught a pass from Charlie Batch and broke loose from a defender, losing his shoe in the process, but still scored the TD.
No. 3 – Knocking Out Ed Reed
Known as the best blocking wide receiver in the NFL, Ward showed his prowess on Monday night (Nov. 5, 2007) with a block to Ed Reed that sent the safety to the locker room for the rest of the night. Ward’s hit on Reed is still a YouTube favorite.
No. 4 – The Reverse
The game changed in Detroit during Super Bowl XL when Hines caught a pass from WR Antwaan Randle El to put the Steelers in control of the game. Ward was voted Super Bowl MVP.
No. 5 – The Jaw Breaker – Oct. 19, 2008
Hines put a hit on defender Keith Rivers that broke the Bengals’ player’s jaw. A rule was put in place, named after Ward, penalizing a player for an illegal blindside block to a defenders helmet or neck area.
No. 6 – Most Steelers TDs
Hines loves the Bengals and on Dec. 2, 2007, he caught a TD (64) against Cincinnati at Heinz Field, to pass John Stallworth for most touchdowns by a Steelers wide receiver
No. 7 – The Mirror Ball
On May 22, 2011, Hines captured Pittsburgher’s and America’s hearts by winning first place on “Dancing With The Stars.”
No. 8 – The Tear Jerker
Following the Steelers loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship game in 2005, Hines faced the media the following day. Wearing his emotions on his sleeve, Hines talked about the possibility of his good friend Jerome Bettis, not playing in a Super Bowl. Hines, crying throughout the interview, continued to talk to the media about what it meant to play with Jerome.
No. 9 – 12,000 Yards
Hines became only the 19th player in the NFL history to reach 12,000 receiving yards against…the Bengals.
No. 10 – 1,000 grabs – Jan. 1, 2012
In a game against the Cleveland Browns, Ward caught his 1000th reception, becoming the eighth player in NFL history to do so.
Cast your vote with this poll!