Jun 1, 2012

Hines Ward has had a busy last couple of years.  He’s been on the cover of a cereal box (pats self on back), won ABC’s reality show dance contest, Dancing With The Stars, and will appear with other Steelers in the summer blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises.

Oh, he also accrued the statistics necessary to make him a Hall of Fame football player, and he retired from the game after a 14 year career.

Next up? NBC Sports.

Ward will join the network as an analyst for its NFL programming including the highly rated Football Night in America program that serves as the lead-in for Sunday Night Football.  Ward is represented by Andrew Ree and his Georgia-based marketing company CSE.

“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 pregame show from Indianapolis,” Sam Food, executive producer, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network, said in a prepared 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.” (via Pittsburgh Business Times)

Ward follows in the footsteps of another famous Steeler who worked with NBC Sports after retiring — Jerome Bettis.  Bettis had a short tenure with the network (when they seemingly had 8 million television personalities) before being released in 2009.

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