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Hines Ward joins NBC

Hines Ward, Aaron Smith AP

Former Steelers receiver Hines Ward will have a new Gotham Rogues action figure in November.  Before it comes out, he’ll have a new job.

Ward has joined NBC Sports Group.

NBC has announced that Ward, a 14-year veteran, four-time Pro Bowler, two-time Super Bowl champion, Super bowl XL MVP, and Dancing With The Stars winner, will become an analyst across the NBC Sports Group’s NFL, college, and studio programming.

He’ll contribute to Football Night in America, he’ll serve as an analyst on NBC’s college football studio programming, and he’ll even be slumming with yours truly on NBC Sports Network.

“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,” NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network executive producer Sam Flood said.  “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.”

Along with Aaron Rodgers, Ward appeared on NBC’s Super Bowl XLVI pre-game show, after a final season in which he recorded his 1,000th career reception.

He’ll be a great addition to a great team (yours truly notwithstanding) that NBC has put together.

So welcome board, Hines.  Just don’t hit me when I’m not looking.  Or when I am.

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34 Responses to “Hines Ward joins NBC”
  1. qdog112 says: May 31, 2012 3:12 PM

    In addition to his football expertise, he may bring along a couple million Asian fans. Brilliant business move.

  2. buffaloturner says: May 31, 2012 3:19 PM

    Can’t wait to hear from him, amazing resume

  3. Steeley McBeam says: May 31, 2012 3:19 PM

    I wish I could give a thumbs up to an entire article.

    For everyone with bad jokes: hes not in the NFL anymore so whats your problem with him now?

  4. bullybirds says: May 31, 2012 3:30 PM

    It’s now time for the Ravens to go 0-16 in picks of the week LOL. Along with Cowher aka The Chin and Hoge “Steeler BFF” on TV, there is now there is unbridled lovefest of western PA.

    In other news, Ohio just annexed Pittsburgh as part of it’s state because of the word unbridled.

  5. schmitty2 says: May 31, 2012 3:30 PM

    Hines and Rodney in the same studio-now there’s a couple of guys who have always played the game clean

  6. buci01 says: May 31, 2012 3:35 PM

    I will definitely have to agree Mr.Hines Ward will bring Class to this Organization. Hines will also be able to educate those on the program with him as to the ins and outs of the game. Having watched Hines from college days at the University of Georgia to the 14 years in the NFL, he is all Class. Congratulations Hines !!!!!!!

  7. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 31, 2012 3:37 PM

    Oh, good. We never get to hear enough from Hines Ward.

  8. moelester says: May 31, 2012 3:38 PM

    and now Al Michaels and Collinsworth must constantly look behind them as to not those their jobs to Ward and his patented “knock them down when they aren’t looking” technique he mastered in the NFL

  9. jjackwagon says: May 31, 2012 3:39 PM

    So have the rest of the broadcast team agreed to let him take cheap shots and late hits on them? Otherwise I just don’t see it working.

  10. zillabeast says: May 31, 2012 3:40 PM

    Make him a sideline reporter. THAT would be interesting.

  11. rcali says: May 31, 2012 3:47 PM

    Unfortunately my son will only now know him as a half naked guy in tights on a show his mother watches.

  12. blacknole08 says: May 31, 2012 3:50 PM

    As long as bob costas and tony dungy are there I will continue to watch. Ward makes a good addition though.

  13. bradentonbuc says: May 31, 2012 3:51 PM

    Think they will give him time off to go “dancin” this fall?

  14. jackblackshairyback says: May 31, 2012 3:51 PM

    Oh great, more Steeler slurpage on Sundays….

  15. jgedgar70 says: May 31, 2012 3:55 PM

    I have to admit I don’t watch Football Night in America much anymore. I miss the good old days when the 7 PM studio program showed game highlights – well, at least more than the 5 minutes of highlights we get with the current 7 PM studio program…

  16. dayumyou says: May 31, 2012 4:05 PM

    Way to go Hines…..congratulations!!!

    Come on Football:)

  17. bhindenemylines says: May 31, 2012 4:23 PM

    Steeley McBeam says:
    May 31, 2012 3:19 PM
    I wish I could give a thumbs up to an entire article.

    For everyone with bad jokes: hes not in the NFL anymore so whats your problem with him now?

    ——————————-

    Doesn’t matter where he is. He’ll still be known as one of the worst/best cheap shot artists in the history of the NFL.

    Stop being such a Steelers homer.

  18. footballfan01 says: May 31, 2012 4:46 PM

    Brace yourselves … you just know ravenator is lurking around here somewhere.

  19. randolf711 says: May 31, 2012 4:47 PM

    Great! Because NBC needed someone who could out-douche Harrison! And now the show will be completely unwatchable. Why not let Peter King, Collinsworth, Costas, and Michaels just have a round table instead letting these morons crap all over sports journalism.

  20. bunkmcnulty says: May 31, 2012 4:51 PM

    As a Ravens fan I have been reasonably kind to Hines despite the typical issues the non-Steeler fans have with him.

    But I have to say Hines and that former NE/SD safety Harrison together in the same show…Gag!!! Actually, he has to be better than Harrison who has the on camera presence of a tire iron. At least Hines can dance. Seriously, Ward has a better personality.

  21. steelymcbeam6 says: May 31, 2012 5:41 PM

    Behindenemylines says: Doesn’t matter where he is. He’ll still be known as one of the worst/best cheap shot artists in the history of the NFL. Stop being such a Steelers homer.

    No hes known by that by moronic fans that get all pissy when Hines planted one of your beloved teams players on his ass. Just because you don’t like watching one of your players get embarrassingly lit up doesn’t make it a cheap shot. Stop being whiney bitch.

  22. choppinwood says: May 31, 2012 5:53 PM

    Hines has always been well spoken and was good for a quote or a sound bite. He understands the game well enough to offer some interesting ideas and
    it’ ll be interesting to get his perspective on the game.
    And of course, there’s always that smile

    Good luck, Hines !

  23. ironcity6pak says: May 31, 2012 5:59 PM

    This is awesome, love to see a smiling Hines on tv now. Go get Hines!!

  24. Deb says: May 31, 2012 6:02 PM

    Congrats, Hines!! Looking forward to seeing your smiling face on Sunday nights!! Good luck in your new role!!

  25. gnutella0 says: May 31, 2012 6:33 PM

    Bill Cowher is on CBS. Terry Bradshaw is on FOX. Hines Ward is now on NBC, and Merril Hoge is on ESPN. Wiz Khalifa wrote a song that was inspired by the Steelers, and it reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the granddaddy of all popular music charts in the United States. (The song was also nominated for a Grammy Award.) About a dozen Steelers players have cameo appearances in ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ which is projected to break some box office records in July. Face it; you can’t escape the Pittsburgh Steelers now, unless you commit suicide.

    —–

    jackblackshairyback regurgitated, “Oh great, more Steeler slurpage on Sundays….”

    Nobody thinks the Steelers will finish any higher than second in the AFC North this season, so where, pray tell, is this “slurpage” you’re talking about?

  26. Deb says: May 31, 2012 6:50 PM

    bhindenemylines says:

    Steeley McBeam says:
    May 31, 2012 3:19 PM
    I wish I could give a thumbs up to an entire article.

    For everyone with bad jokes: hes not in the NFL anymore so whats your problem with him now?

    ——————————-

    Doesn’t matter where he is. He’ll still be known as one of the worst/best cheap shot artists in the history of the NFL.

    Stop being such a Steelers homer.
    ————————————————-
    Or … why don’t you unsportsmanlike brats let us congratulate our player on his new job and stop being such nasty little trolls? If you didn’t whine about the Steelers, what would you do with yourselves? :roll:

  27. eggersthejerk says: May 31, 2012 7:06 PM

    NBC must be adding a dancing segment to their pregame show.

    Pass…

  28. jimmer2372 says: May 31, 2012 8:23 PM

    I hope they show his smile A LOT.

    Congrats Hines!!!

  29. clintonportisheadd says: May 31, 2012 11:46 PM

    Rodney Harrison and now Hines Ward. I guess that means James Harrison is in line for a job there when he retires?

  30. exibitsman says: Jun 1, 2012 4:32 AM

    now we have to look at this lil punk and his big fake smile
    everyweek i wont be watching

  31. ravenator says: Jun 1, 2012 7:12 AM

    Why? Hines Ward is the most unqualified analyst. I can’t wait to hear about his next DUI, hopefully no one is killed, not that he’d care. Now instead of taking cheap shots on the field, he can take them in the studio, what a turd.

  32. ravenator says: Jun 1, 2012 8:03 AM

    And once again steeleymcbeam proves how much of a homer he is, tell me, do you actually believe yourself? A large portion of the NFL players have acknowledged he is a cheap shot artist. That’s not a coincidence anymore, that’s fact.

  33. ziggy26 says: Jun 3, 2012 7:22 AM

    Ravenator, Ward has hosted his own TV show in Pittsburgh since 2006. He starred on one of the most popular shows on Nationsl TV. He’s made hundreds of appearances on National TV and Radio sports shows.

    Please explain why he is the “most unqualified” person for the job?

  34. randallflagg52 says: Jun 4, 2012 5:36 AM

    Ward and Harrison will soon star in their own NBC sitcom “Cheap shots” in between their brief careers in broadcasting.

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