May 25, 2016 – CSE Talent client Hines Ward, a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Super Bowl XL MVP, joins HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade as a sports contributor. Ward will also provide analysis and commentary on major sporting events and breaking news across all CNN platforms, including CNN/U.S., CNN Digital, CNN Money and CNN International from the network’s Atlanta-based studios.
“I’m incredibly grateful to HLN and CNN for welcoming me to their prestigious team,” said Ward. “Throughout my career, I’ve always envisioned myself as more than just a football player and this platform will allow me to express myself in different and unique ways. I’m excited to be able to share my journey and my stories with our audiences, both in the U.S. and worldwide.”
A four-time Pro Bowler and three-time Associated Press All-Pro selection, Ward spent his entire 14-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, recording 1,000 career receptions for 12,083 yards and 85 touchdowns while appearing in 217 regular season games. Ward’s 1,000 career catches ranks 13th in NFL history, while his 85 career receiving touchdowns rank 15th in league annals.
Considered one of toughest competitors of his era, Ward earned Super Bowl XL MVP honors in the Steelers 21-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on February 5, 2006, after recording five catches for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Upon his retirement from the NFL in 2012, Ward began his television career as an analyst for NBC’s Sunday primetime NFL show, Football Night in America. In addition, Ward and his partner Kym Johnson won Season 12 of Dancing with the Stars in 2011.
Ward founded and operates the Helping Hands Foundation in both the United States and Korea, and is an active participant with numerous other charities including The Caring Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Pearl S. Buck International.
An All-SEC selection at the University of Georgia, Ward finished his college career ranked second in school history with 144 receptions. He currently lives in Atlanta with his wife and son.