Hines Ward gets a White House appointment

President Barack Obama this week announced the appointment of various individuals to various administration posts, and as you already guessed if you read the headline, one of those individuals was Steelers receiver Hines Ward.

Obama is appointing Ward as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Ward, who was born to a Korean mother and an African-American father, has been recognized for his advocacy on behalf of biracial children in South Korea.

I really want to raise some awareness about this issue,” Ward said in 2006, the year he set up a foundation to help mixed-race children suffering from discrimination. “I’m not here to change laws. But I want to shed light on [the treatment of] biracial kids, or maybe change a person’s mind who is borderline, make people look differently at a mixed-race kid because of what they’ve seen me accomplish.”

The president just gave Ward another platform to do that.

54 responses to “Hines Ward gets a White House appointment

  1. Over/Under on when he’s voted the dirtiest member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders?
    Go Hines!

  2. Is he the Korean African American football player Czar? Another government job doesn’t mean one less employed Obama!

  3. Congratulations to Hines. I’ve read that discrimination against biracial children has been a significant problem in Korea and was a primary reason Ward’s mother came to the United States. Apparently his athletic success has had a tremendous positive impact for biracial children there. It’s great that he’ll have an additional platform for delivering his message.

  4. “The president just gave Ward another platform to do that.”
    And discovered ANOTHER oppressed minority he (Owebama) can use as justification for
    -stealing from future generations
    -using the Constituion for toilet paper
    -redistributing the hard-earned wealth of the American working class
    -expanding the size, scope, power, bloat, inefficiency, cost, and overtly fascist practices of the federal “Nanny State” government, until it becomes so massive and tryannical and soul-crushing that it resembles something like the “Borg” from Star Trek
    (Otherwise, very heart-warming, Ward.
    But when will there be a German-Irish-Polish football player to step forward and be recognized who will advocate for us and OUR specific racial/ethnic subgroup?)

  5. Ben is going to be appointed as a member on the council of Male to Female relations and James Harrison will be the council leader of the American Parenting association.

  6. the prresident should be careful if he invites Hines to the white house…..Dirty Hiney will hit him from behind when he is not looking…..Dirtest player in the NFL as voted on by his peers…..

  7. Looks like a lot of negative comments from fans who prefer their receivers run out of bounds instead of laying some wood.

  8. I love when your garden variety football fans comment on politics. It serves as a stark reminder as to why our country is in bad shape.
    Congrats to Ward, although I’m not quite for certain what his job may actually entail. Then again, I’m not bi-racial.

  9. @Dave & Dewey Axewoond
    I’m glad you skipped economics class, the rest of us were able t pay attention

  10. # Dewey Axewoond says: September 17, 2010 4:10 PM
    “But when will there be a German-Irish-Polish football player to step forward and be recognized who will advocate for us and OUR specific racial/ethnic subgroup?
    Already exists.
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  11. how many of these stupid advisors that dont do anything will No-Bama vote in?
    This is the only time I wish Hines would cheap shot someone. It would be funny to see him in the front lawn just get laid out by 86.

  12. What a bunch of haters posting to this thread. Why can’t you just say “Good Job and Good Luck”? The guy is a for sure Hall of Famer and he actually believes in his causes, not to mention that he just knocks people out. Congrats Hines!!!! And Yes all you haters…..I belong to the Steeler Nation!!!!!

  13. Stiller43…that was funny!!!
    I think Ward will serve his post well. I have read some of his concerns about this issue in the past. One of the few wise choices our President has made. Good luck Hines.

  14. Obama = Amateur Hour
    (not hating, just stating a fact….the night shift manager at McDonald’s has more real-life business experience than this anti-capitalism socialist moron).
    p.s. Hines Ward is a beast, and I love him, but I’m just saying.

  15. does that mean we have to have tom brady or brett favre work for obama SO WE CAN WORRY ABOUT OUR OWN FIRST INSTEAD? WE CARE ABOUT EVERYONE ELSE EXCEPT US IT SEEMS LIKE

  16. I like Hines. He plays tough (and dirty) on the field but he is always at good behavior off the field. Never in trouble with law. Makes big plays in big games. Kind of receiver i would want on my team.

  17. @exactlyright
    EXACTLY what I was thinking. If any of these idiots ever bothered to KNOW THE DEFINITION of socialism instead of regurgitating words they hear on FOX News, we’d be way beyond that laughable label for OUR president’s administration. Get over it people, wtf do you think taxes do? THEY REDISTRIBUTE WEALTH and its been going on for a few years now, and I just have a weird feeling its gonna continue to happen. Do you think the gov’t runs on donations or something?
    and you wanna talk about trashing the constitution? which president’s brainchild was the Patriot Act?
    anyway, CONGRATS HINES! I’ll take a “dirty” (see hardnosed) player any day of the week, especially on sundays

  18. Sinjin187 says:
    September 17, 2010 5:00 PM
    “not to mention that he just knocks people out”.
    ———————————-
    Knocks people out…ppfffggghhhhaaaaa!!!! Yeah, when they aren’t looking. Wow!! REAL tough to do. I’d like to see how many people he would “knock out” if he played defense. NONE!! He runs up behind people or gets people from the side when they are focusing on something else. Again, REAL tough to do when people aren’t even looking at him. He’s had enough chances to do it too as many picks as Rapistburger throws.

  19. For sure Hall of Famer? I guess Keenan McCardell and Rod Smith are for sure Hall of Famers too then…. Sweet.

  20. Obama the star struck president he could not take Tiger as his wife knew he would starting running with tigers girls.
    Just know hines the jobs got a shelf life of two years and three months before the biggest mistake the country ever made is out on his ass

  21. The guy is a for sure Hall of Famer
    ____________
    …..wait, what?
    Unless Obama appoints him to the HOF, too, there’s no way in the cold depths of hell that Hines freakin Ward gets into the HOF unless he buys a ticket.
    The guy was a pretty good player for a number of years, but the hall of fame is for the best ever.
    Hines Ward was….
    Top 10 in receiving yards in the league 3 times (3rd once, 9th twice)
    Top 10 in the league in receiving TDs 3 times (2nd once, 3rd once, 4th once)
    Top 10 in the league in receptions 4 times (2nd once, 5th once, 8th twice)
    That ain’t all time. That’s just against his peers in a particular season. Pretty sure you don’t get an automatic pass into the HOF if you were never even the best player in the league at ANYTHING EVER.

  22. .
    the term African American is no longer politically correct .. I heard on NPR a few weeks ago black people no longer wish to be referred by this term and that they find it offensive ….
    .
    … I have no idea what is correct …

  23. 27Rice says: Knocks people out…ppfffggghhhhaa aaa!!!! Yeah, when they aren’t looking. Wow!! REAL tough to do. I’d like to see how many people he would “knock out” if he played defense. NONE!! He runs up behind people or gets people from the side when they are focusing on something else. Again, REAL tough to do when people aren’t even looking at him. He’s had enough chances to do it too as many picks as Rapistburger throws.
    Look up Hines Ward knocks out Ed Reed on Youtube.. Fairly easy to find.. Even easier to see that Hines lights him up from 5yds in front of him.. Before you talk S–t, know what you’re talking about.. The dude plays football the way it’s supposed to be played..

  24. EverybodyGotAIDS says: …..wait, what?
    Unless Obama appoints him to the HOF, too, there’s no way in the cold depths of hell that Hines freakin Ward gets into the HOF unless he buys a ticket.
    The guy was a pretty good player for a number of years, but the hall of fame is for the best ever.
    Hines Ward was….
    Top 10 in receiving yards in the league 3 times (3rd once, 9th twice)
    Top 10 in the league in receiving TDs 3 times (2nd once, 3rd once, 4th once)
    Top 10 in the league in receptions 4 times (2nd once, 5th once, 8th twice)
    That ain’t all time. That’s just against his peers in a particular season. Pretty sure you don’t get an automatic pass into the HOF if you were never even the best player in the league at ANYTHING EVER.
    He is the Steelers leading receiver in all major categories.. Catches, yards, touchdowns, one-hundred yd games, etc.. Who is below him in all of those categories? None other than Lynn Swann and John Stallworth, who are both Hall of Famers.. Not to mention he is arguably the best blocking receiver of all time.. And although it’s not supposed to matter, but he’s very good with the media, and more importantly in the community.. He probably won’t be a first-ballot guy, but I’d be willing to bet a substantial amount of money that he’ll get in..

  25. The White House is Hines’ second home. He has been there twice in the past five years. See what I’m saying Bitches. Ray Lewis? Once in 2001. Any Bungals? Never! Good for you Hines. You are a complete player and do not take plays off. Hall of Fame? I hope. But just remember he has built his stats on a running team and then look at the list of Qb’s he has had on his offense. Look at the Hall of Fame receivers and see if they ever laid the wood. Jerome Bettis will thank him next year in his induction speach. He blocked down field and created many holes for THE BUS.
    GO STEELERS.

  26. From his wikipedia page:
    From April 3 through May 30, 2006, Ward returned to his birthplace of Seoul for the first time since his parents moved to the United States when he was one year old. Ward used his celebrity status to arrange “hope-sharing” meetings with multiracial Korean children and to encourage social and political reform. At one hope-sharing meeting, he told a group of children, “If the country can accept me for who I am and accept me for being a Korean, I’m pretty sure that this country can change and accept you for who you are.”[15] On his final day in Korea, he donated $1 million USD to create the Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation, which the AP called “a foundation to help mixed-race children like himself in South Korea, where they have suffered discrimination.”[16]

  27. >>EverybodyGotAIDS said: Pretty sure you don’t get an automatic pass into the HOF if you were never even the best player in the league at ANYTHING EVER.

  28. You guys are morons if hines does not make it on the first ballot it will be travisty. This is by far the best all around Reciever the game has ever produced. No need to look any further than last week when the game was won in overtime by a 50 yard run. Guess who made that possible. that is right Hines made the block that made it possible for mendenhall to run that 50 yards. Look at next year when Bettis is a fist ballot entry. Guess who made that possible. Right again Hines made several hundred blocks that gained Bettis plenty of yards. Tell me which Wide reciever in the Hall is better at that than Hines? On top of all of this his recieving stats on a run first Steeler team for most of his career are Hall worthy. Idiots watch the game instead of just the ball.

  29. He is the Steelers leading receiver in all major categories.. Catches, yards, touchdowns, one-hundred yd games, etc.. Who is below him in all of those categories? None other than Lynn Swann and John Stallworth, who are both Hall of Famers.. Not to mention he is arguably the best blocking receiver of all time.. And although it’s not supposed to matter, but he’s very good with the media, and more importantly in the community.. He probably won’t be a first-ballot guy, but I’d be willing to bet a substantial amount of money that he’ll get in..
    ____________
    Look, there have been plenty of guys who got into the hall, not because of how good they were, but because of how good their teams were. Ex: Troy Aikman, Lynn Swann.
    Superbowl Championships are a team accomplishment. While a team is a collection of individual players, one guy doesn’t win a superbowl. The hall is supposed to look past that and induct guys who were GREAT. It’s supposed to be about guys who were dominant in their respective eras. If you want to know what a HOF quarterback looks like, look at Steve Young. From ’92 to ’97 or so, Steve Young owned the NFL. He was the best (or 2nd best – Favre actually had a good 3 year stretch there, completely defined his career and he’s been living off those years for the past 15 seasons) quarterback playing for 6 solid years IN A ROW. I’m no 9ers fan, or Steve Young fan, but that’s what the HOF was. Steve Young controlled football for 6 years, even though Aikman won more SBs. Would you say that Hines Ward was the most dominant, or 2nd best, or even 5th best receiver in the league…..ever? At any point? Top 5 in the league at any point since he entered the league? Nope. That’s not HOF worthy, and the Steelers of this decade weren’t a dynasty and didn’t dominate the league (2 SBs, while impressive, has been done plenty of times before) so he won’t get in that way. Guy is just another guy. If Hines Ward gets in the hall, make way for Troy Brown, Chris Chambers….ummm…..Brandon Stokely….Reggie Wayne…..umm…..Derrick Mason………..Anquan Boldin….all good players, but not guys who set the league on fire, ever.

  30. Dewey Axewoond says:
    September 17, 2010 4:10 PM
    “The president just gave Ward another platform to do that.”
    And discovered ANOTHER oppressed minority he (Owebama) can use as justification for
    -stealing from future generations
    -using the Constituion for toilet paper
    -redistributing the hard-earned wealth of the American working class
    -expanding the size, scope, power, bloat, inefficiency, cost, and overtly fascist practices of the federal “Nanny State” government, until it becomes so massive and tryannical and soul-crushing that it resembles something like the “Borg” from Star Trek
    (Otherwise, very heart-warming, Ward.
    But when will there be a German-Irish-Polish football player to step forward and be recognized who will advocate for us and OUR specific racial/ethnic subgroup?)
    ************************************
    You do realize that the debt went up much more under Bush and the GOP Congress than it has under Obama – though he seems to want to catch up…
    That TARP was under Bush, not Obama…
    That Federal Income taxes so far have not gone up under Obama, and have actually gone down due to various special credits and deductions…
    That Bush started wire tapping without a warrant – though Obama has embraced it…
    That Bush massively expanded government, though again Obama is trying to catch up with his own bloat…
    You realized all that right?
    Sorry, but you and I, regular white guys, don’t face the uphill climb some groups do. We take a flat world for granted.

  31. DonnyBoy says:
    You do realize that the debt went up much more under Bush and the GOP Congress than it has under Obama – though he seems to want to catch up…
    That TARP was under Bush, not Obama…
    That Federal Income taxes so far have not gone up under Obama, and have actually gone down due to various special credits and deductions…
    That Bush started wire tapping without a warrant – though Obama has embraced it…
    That Bush massively expanded government, though again Obama is trying to catch up with his own bloat…
    You realized all that right?
    Sorry, but you and I, regular white guys, don’t face the uphill climb some groups do. We take a flat world for granted.
    ———————————————–
    If you’re capable of this kind of intellectual reasoning, there’s no excuse for the way you’ve behaved toward me. If you can understand these issues, you can understand the evidence in the Roethlisberger case. And you should certainly be able to act like an adult and treat other football fans, including female football fans, respectfully. Being anonymous on a football blog isn’t a license to turn off your brain and act like an ignorant screeching monkey. Most of these guys can’t help it. Obviously you can.

  32. DonnyBoy says:
    You do realize that the debt went up much more under Bush and the GOP Congress than it has under Obama – though he seems to want to catch up…
    That TARP was under Bush, not Obama…
    That Federal Income taxes so far have not gone up under Obama, and have actually gone down due to various special credits and deductions…
    That Bush started wire tapping without a warrant – though Obama has embraced it…
    That Bush massively expanded government, though again Obama is trying to catch up with his own bloat…
    You realized all that right?
    Sorry, but you and I, regular white guys, don’t face the uphill climb some groups do. We take a flat world for granted.
    ———————————————–
    If you’re capable of this kind of intellectual reasoning, there’s no excuse for the way you’ve behaved toward me. If you can understand these issues, you can understand the evidence in the Roethlisberger case. And you should certainly be able to act like an adult and treat other football fans, including female football fans, respectfully. Being anonymous on a football blog isn’t a license to turn off your brain and act like an ignorant screeching monkey. Most of these guys can’t help it. Obviously you can.

  33. jm0205 says:
    September 17, 2010 7:39 PM
    27Rice says: Knocks people out…ppfffggghhhhaa aaa!!!! Yeah, when they aren’t looking. Wow!! REAL tough to do. I’d like to see how many people he would “knock out” if he played defense. NONE!! He runs up behind people or gets people from the side when they are focusing on something else. Again, REAL tough to do when people aren’t even looking at him. He’s had enough chances to do it too as many picks as Rapistburger throws.
    Look up Hines Ward knocks out Ed Reed on Youtube.. Fairly easy to find.. Even easier to see that Hines lights him up from 5yds in front of him.. Before you talk S–t, know what you’re talking about.. The dude plays football the way it’s supposed to be played..
    ——————————-
    You are going to bring up ONE…………….ONE time???!!!! Pathetic!!
    Google Hines Ward hits dumbass and tell me 99% of those people are looking! You’re a jackass!
    Would LOVE to see him play defense and watch the likes of Ray Rice RUN RIGHT OVER HIS ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. There are some very ignorant people on this website. The kind that are birthers, believe chainmail is true and have become religious zealots trying to change the Constitution…

  35. Someone says: September 18, 2010 3:30 PM
    There are some very ignorant people on this website. The kind that are birthers, believe chainmail is true and have become religious zealots trying to change the Constitution.
    _____________________________________
    Don’t forget the ones that will make excuses for a qb even though he has been accused of rape multiple times.

  36. If you’re capable of this kind of intellectual reasoning, there’s no excuse for the way you’ve behaved toward me. If you can understand these issues, you can understand the evidence in the Roethlisberger case. And you should certainly be able to act like an adult and treat other football fans, including female football fans, respectfully. Being anonymous on a football blog isn’t a license to turn off your brain and act like an ignorant screeching monkey. Most of these guys can’t help it. Obviously you can.
    ****************************************
    Just because someone doesn’t get convicted of a crime does not make him innocent.
    OJ is not innocent.
    Many people go free who are not innocent just as many people are convicted who are not guilty.
    “Innocent until proven guilty” is a legal burden of evidence in a court of law, not some sort of higher power’s way of proving the person did not commit the act.
    When someone gets accused of rape by multiple people on multiple occasions I don’t consider it “proof” he did not commit any of the crimes simply because he’s famous and the courts don’t think they can convict him.
    You should examine your intellectual honesty and ask yourself how much of your fact checking conclusions are tainted by who you want under center on Sundays.

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