A former NFL star, Hines Ward has played for the Pittsburgh Steelers which he remained with since he made his NFL draft in 2008 until his retirement in 2011. Ending with a spot on the team’s all-time team, Ward has done many things from playing the sports he has come to love, to being an entrepreneur, and appearing in movies. Here are things to know about him.
Hines Ward Biography, Age, and Ethnicity
Hines Ward was born as Hines Edward Ward Jr. on March 8, 1976, in Seoul, South Korea. For his ethnicity, while his father is African-American, his mother is Korean and because of that, he has always been very close to the Korean culture and people.
It was there in Seoul that he began his life with his mother until he was a year old when she finally decided they had to leave, fearing the xenophobic challenges that her son would later face.
Having left Seoul, Hines and his mother settled in the United States in Atlanta whereas a single mother, she took up many jobs to train him. It was there in Atlanta that he was brought up.
For his education, Ward attended the Forest Park High School and from here, he moved to the University of Georgia.
He played for the University of Georgia Bulldogs from 1994 to 1997 and in 1998, he made the NFL Draft and was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers for which he would continue to play until the end of his career in 2011.
Apart from setting the record for the all-time highest receiver with the Steelers, he has won the Super Bowl with the team in 2005 and 2008. The wide receiver was voted the MVP during the 2005 Super Bowl. In addition to these, Ward made it to 4 Pro Bowls and 3 Second team All-pro.
Parents and Wife
The parents of Hines Ward are Kim Young He and Hines Ward Sr. While his father is African-American, his mother is from South Korea. He was brought up by his mother alone who worked many years to provide the best of life for her son and continued working after he made it in life.
The former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver has been married twice thus far. His first marriage was to Simone Ward whom he was said to have dated since both were teenagers. They married in 2004 and by 2010, they were already divorced, even though they had a son, Jaden together.
His next marriage was to his present wife, Lindsey Georgalas-Ward whom he married in 2014. The two began dating in 2011 before finally deciding to tie the knot as man and wife.
Although he only has a son, Ward has noted that he will ensure that unlike himself, his son would grow up with his father around.
Height and Weight
One thing that has helped Ward to succeed as a footballer in the NFL apart from his hard work is definitely his built. He has a good height and a befitting weight. He stands tall at a height of 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) and weighs 210 lb (95 kg).
Even as he has retired from playing as a professional, Hines has played enough to earn himself more than just a decent life for as long as he may get to live. That stated, the former NFL star has a net worth that has been estimated at $16 million.
He has made his wealth, thanks to his playing days as well as other engagements he has been involved in such as the engagement deals he has had in the past. What is more, is that he is also a businessman and an entrepreneur which has also helped him in making the net of his worth even larger. He co-owned a bar which was named The Locker Room. Owing to some legal battles, Ward changed the name to South Side 86 after buying out the other co-owners.
1. He has always associated himself with the Koreans and has even played sports as one.
2. Ward has appeared in a number of movies including The Dark Knight Rises and The Walking Dead.
3. Ward also participated in the TV competition, Dancing With the Stars in 2011. Together with Kym Johnson, the former footballer emerged as the winner of the 12th season of the show.
4. Alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Yuna Kim, and Hyun-jin Ryu, Hines was made an honorary ambassador of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
5. The Steelers legend was not free of any scuffle with the law as he was arrested in Georgia for driving under the influence.
6. Kim Young He was doing multiple jobs to raise Hines and even after he became rich she decided to do a job.