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Hines Ward completes Ironman Triathlon

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Former Steelers receiver and Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward has added a very different accomplishment to his athletic career.

On Saturday, Ward completed the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii.

Ward, now a fixture on NBC’s Football Night in America and Sunday Night Football, won’t be making a habit of swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and running 26.2 miles consecutively.  Earlier today, I texted him congratulations and asked when the next one will be.”

Never,” Ward said.  “One and done.”

It’s still one heck of an accomplishment for Ward.  He’s off this week as he recovers from the ordeal; he’ll be back with NBC for good next weekend.

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31 Responses to “Hines Ward completes Ironman Triathlon”
  1. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Oct 13, 2013 8:11 PM

    I’m no Steeler fan but I miss Hines Ward. Dude was everything you want in a football player. Especially as a WR.

  2. steelcurtainn says: Oct 13, 2013 8:14 PM

    A two time superbowl winner……..A true legend and Hall a Famer. Steelers do it best!

  3. vanmorrissey says: Oct 13, 2013 8:16 PM

    Great job, Hines, just great. Loved him as a player and to do this is just amazing.

  4. howiehandles says: Oct 13, 2013 8:18 PM

    Running 26.2, I don’t even like driving that far.

  5. dukeearl says: Oct 13, 2013 8:18 PM

    I’ve finished marathons. Ironman is an entirely different story.
    Well done Hines Ward! Great acheivement.

  6. esotericmindguy says: Oct 13, 2013 8:20 PM

    Detective Jimmy, he was a dirty player. Never missed a chance to take a cheap shot. Not a fan, but iron man is no joke.

  7. cinvis says: Oct 13, 2013 8:23 PM

    Was he drunk while doing it ?

  8. trevor123698 says: Oct 13, 2013 8:23 PM

    hes going to end up dead young with this reckless workout habit. DEAD ATHLETES DONT LIE.

  9. spyder9669 says: Oct 13, 2013 8:26 PM

    For someone who doesn’t appear to be Mr. Fitness that’s really impressive. Just the running part would kill most people

  10. Deb says: Oct 13, 2013 8:28 PM

    Thrilled for Hines. What an accomplishment!

  11. seahawkgoat says: Oct 13, 2013 8:29 PM

    Was he smiling the whole time?

  12. folkcrusader says: Oct 13, 2013 8:29 PM

    Don’t think I could even do one leg of the iron man, so respect. I do wish I could have been there just to hear Hines cry one more time. Whiniest football player in history.

  13. steelers88 says: Oct 13, 2013 8:32 PM

    Please come out of retirement Hines the Steelers desperately need you. The funny thing is though he could probably comeback and not miss a beat his probably in the best shape of his life.

  14. rajbais says: Oct 13, 2013 8:45 PM

    Being one and done is good enough for just the run.

    A marathon after 112 miles of biking and a 2.4 mile swim????

    Today’s Chicago Marathon was tiring enough for a select number of people.

    With all that said, congrats to America’s newest Iron Man.

  15. 12brichandfamous says: Oct 13, 2013 8:46 PM

    Well done Hines!!

    I have done many marathons, century bike rides, and a half-ironman triathlon. You can do any of the events by themselves and earn a steak and beer for a big effort. Doing all three in a single day is a HUGE task.

    I just hope the PFT readers understand the difficulty of the task. 99% of them cannot do this.

  16. wearethesteelers says: Oct 13, 2013 8:49 PM

    A true Steeler.

  17. lscore says: Oct 13, 2013 8:51 PM

    It wasn’t “just” an Ironman. It was the Ironman Worl Championship in Kona, HI. That is one of the more challenging courses in the world.

  18. whysomanylosers says: Oct 13, 2013 8:56 PM

    Which comes first the iron or the steel?

    I am no Pittsburgh fan, much respect to “Steelerman” Hines Ward. Even qualifying is an honor.

  19. tahnoonzee says: Oct 13, 2013 8:59 PM

    i miss his hits on ed reed

  20. northsidesteel says: Oct 13, 2013 9:02 PM

    Hines proves once again that he is a man among men. Congratulations to EVERYONE that put in the hundreds of hours of training to complete such an epic test of the human spirit. But of course I have a special place for Mr. Ward making the effort.

  21. hgl4969 says: Oct 13, 2013 9:28 PM

    Congrats to Hines – You make all of us NFL fans proud. Amazing to complete all of that in one day. You’ll always be our shining Steeler star!

  22. kuhndog77 says: Oct 13, 2013 9:33 PM

    He didn’t qualify he was given the slot because he’s a “celebrity”.

  23. mdbengal says: Oct 13, 2013 10:04 PM

    Crying in the picture? Big shock Wines Hard.

  24. coachbeck says: Oct 13, 2013 10:18 PM

    I can’t stand Wines Hard. But I respect his competitiveness. Once a competitor always a competitor.

  25. curtb29 says: Oct 13, 2013 10:44 PM

    All you Steelers and Hines Ward haters all I can say is “Hate the game not the playa”.
    Congrats soon to be HALL OF FAMER Hines Ward.

  26. steelerfan9598 says: Oct 13, 2013 11:04 PM

    Hate on, haters. Fact is, that’s pretty damn impressive. Any ONE of those events is a nice accomplishment.

  27. thehouseofho says: Oct 13, 2013 11:34 PM

    @kuhndog77 says:
    Oct 13, 2013 9:33 PM
    He didn’t qualify he was given the slot because he’s a “celebrity”.

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    So what if he was given a celebrity/ambassador/non-qualifier slot (which doesn’t take a spot away from the general number of slots)? He still had to train for and finished what is debatably the hardest Ironman course there is.

  28. nyjetsfan08 says: Oct 14, 2013 1:09 AM

    Who cares. Gordon Ramsey also was in this race and has done many marathons, I think 15. And he’s a chef. If he can do it, anyone can.

  29. pksullivanmha says: Oct 14, 2013 8:57 AM

    Impressive!!!!! @footballady52🏈

  30. pattasker says: Oct 14, 2013 9:34 AM

    “One and done” on the race day, turns to “hmmm” on Monday, and “I thinkI could have done this or that” on Tuesday, and by Thursday it’s “next time I’m going to” for most first timers! Lets see….

  31. kuhndog77 says: Oct 14, 2013 12:54 PM

    @kuhndog77 says:
    Oct 13, 2013 9:33 PM
    He didn’t qualify he was given the slot because he’s a “celebrity”.

    =====

    So what if he was given a celebrity/ambassador/non-qualifier slot (which doesn’t take a spot away from the general number of slots)? He still had to train for and finished what is debatably the hardest Ironman course there is.

    =====

    Absolutely and I’m not taking that away from the guy, anyone who does this is very impressive. I know the hard work it takes to train for one of these. whysomanylosers said “Even qualifying is an honor” and the fact is he didn’t qualify that’s all.

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