Former Steelers receiver Hines Ward, now a member of the NBC Sports family, returned to Baltimore for Sunday night’s game between the Patriots and Ravens.
And Ravens fans aren’t ready to forget Ward’s time with the Steelers.
On his Facebook page and during Football Night In America, Ward explained his interactions with Ravens fans during his trek from New York to Baltimore.
“I’m at the gate heading to Baltimore, a flight attendant comes up to me and asks me,’You are Hines right?’ and I said ‘Yes.’ He says, ‘I HATE you!‘ So … I’m on the plane and the guy next to me says, ‘Are you Hines?’ I say ‘Yes.’ He says ‘I HATE you!’”
Then, when Hines checked into his Baltimore hotel, the employee working at the desk said, “Thank you for staying with us today Mr. Ward, and by the way I HATE you.”
Hines also explained that, during his playing career, the Steelers bus once passed a grandfather, father, and young son who were each decked out in Ravens gear — and who each were each giving the Steelers the finger.
We’ve got a feeling Hines will see a few fingers tonight. Imagine how bad it would be if he wasn’t picking the Ravens to win.