Hines Ward is a former footballer from America. A longstanding career of 14 seasons, he has left a mark on the national football scene for playing as a wide receiver. A little-known fact about Ward is that he is a great dancer as well. He has taken part in a few dance competitions which have featured a number of famous celebrities. Here is a quick summary of Hines Ward’s net worth in 2018, career and earnings.
Hines Ward Early Life
Hines Ward was born on March 8, 1976, in the Seoul State of South Korea. His father, Hines Ward Sr. is of African-American origin. His mother’s named is Kim Younghee. He is married to Lindsey Georgalas Ward, and together they are parents to a son named Jaden.
His life took an eventful turn when they had to move to Atlanta, in his childhood days. Soon, Ward’s parents divorced, and his custody was sought by his father at a family court. However, Ward was eventually raised by his mother who though did not speak English but showed no sign of caring any less for him.
Hines Ward Career, Awards & Achievement
He started playing at the University of Georgia Bulldogs as a wide receiver. Ward set many records during his play at the college level. His 149 receptions for 1965 yards has made him second in the team history. He successfully completed 31 of 59 passes for 413 yards while playing at Georgia. Ward discovered that he had a missing ACL which was an outcome of an accident that he had in the fourth grade.
By the time Ward graduated from college, he had become among the top five receivers in the NFL Draft for the year 1998. Two teams Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers expressed their interest in Ward. But when they realised that he had a missing ACL, his value dropped, and he was given a pass by both the teams.
Pittsburgh Steelers selected Ward, and he started playing for them from 1998 season. In his first season for the team, he played as the fourth receiver. Ward finished with 15 receptions for 246 receiving yards. In the successive seasons, he played as a wide receiver for the team. He improved his score in the second season by finishing with 61 catches, 638 receiving yards, and 7 touchdowns. A really good performance by a newcomer.
2001 marked the first season when he covered over 100 receiving yards in his career. His performance kept on improving over time. Ward was mentored by legends like Bill Cowher and Mike Tomlin. He played a total of 217 games in his career and scored a tremendous 85 touchdowns. During the 14 years of his game, Ward was always pursuing to become number one!
Awards & Achievement
Apart from a diamond-studded career in sports, Ward has been bestowed with many awards and recognition. Ward was the first Korean to win the Super Bowl’s MVP award. He also won the Season 12 of the American TV competition, Dancing with the Stars. In 2010, Ward was selected as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Net Worth of Hines Ward
Ward in his 14 season history established his name in the sport. His well built and quick, receptive skills made him favorite retention for his team. Ward’s successful career helped in amassing wealth that runs into millions. The very first team that he was picked up by Pittsburgh Steelers signed him for a colossal $885,000 contract for 3 years.
After retiring from football, Ward ventured into bar business and media enterprises. His business interests along with his successful career from football have pegged his net worth at a staggering $17.5 million.
Ward had been pursuing a hand at becoming an agent of social change in South Korea, his birth country. He used his celebrity status to promote equality and raise a voice of racial discrimination among Korean children. His long football career has made him achieve a remarkable milestone in his life. Everyone dreams of the day when they can realize their dreams, and to the good fortune of Ward, he could witness it for himself.