Tag:Hines Ward
Posted on: May 17, 2011 11:26 am

Ward, Johnson recover from neck injury on 'DWTS'

Posted by Will Brinson

Hines Ward and his Dancing With the Stars partner Kym Johnson had an emotional moment during Monday's episode, as they relived a terrifying rehearsal incident in which Ward fell on Johnson as she was curled up underneath him and all of her weight pressed on her neck.

"It was a difficult move," Ward said. "I was supposed to swing her through my legs and lift her up and all my weight just came down on the back of her neck."

It's an absolute cringe-worthy moment, and it's pretty impressive that Johnson was able to come back and dance on Monday.

Even more impressive? The couple scored a perfect 30 on their opening Tango. Which, I'm told, is like beating the Ravens 75-14 in the playoffs.

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Posted on: May 11, 2011 11:51 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2011 9:12 am

Ward on Mendenhall: 'That wasn't a good opinion'

Posted by Will Brinson

Rashard Mendenhall's opinions of 9/11 aren't very popular -- it cost the Steelers running back an endorsement deal with Champion and a lot of flak from the general public.

Turns out, it wasn't just the general public who thinks Mendenhall made a mistake saying what he did. His teammate, Hines Ward, also recognizes how dumb the tweets were.

“Everybody’s entitled to their opinion,” Ward said, per Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. “But that wasn’t a good opinion.”

Ward also discussed the consequences of social media in today's world and, unlike his teammate Ryan Clark, who thinks athletes simply shouldn't use it, he was spot on.

“If that’s your opinion leave it as your opinion,” Ward said. “When you tweet that out there, you have to deal with the backlashes that come with that. You put everybody out there because everywhere we go we get asked questions about the comments you made. When you tweet like that, you’ve got to be careful.

"I’m not a big tweeter because sometimes your emotions get caught up, you speak your mind and it’s not always the best thing to say.”

Look, anyone can get caught up in the heat of the moment and say something stupid on social media; it's not a requirement that you be an athlete.

But being an athlete means you're more high profile, and that means being a little more careful about what opinions you throw out there.
Posted on: May 5, 2011 9:57 am
Edited on: May 5, 2011 1:42 pm

Report: LAPD points gun at Hines Ward

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATED 1:40 P.M. ET: Here's Ward's reaction in a text message to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

"There's not a story. It was a misunderstanding and the police apologized to me. I didn't get arrested. I don't have a reaction to a non story."


When Los Angeles police ran the license plate of a car in which Steelers WR Hines Ward happened to be riding about 2 a.m. this morning, the results of the scan forced officers to stop the vehicle and hold Ward and the driver at gunpoint.

Ward This, according to TMZ, which writes that Ward was riding in the car that had been reported stolen. The only problem: the female driving the car was the one who actually reported it stolen (she, um, forgot to tell police that she actually recovered her Honda Civic).

Once police – who handcuffed Ward but didn't officially arrest him – verified her story, they let the two of them go merrily on their way.

This line in the article made me laugh, though. “Law enforcement sources tell us Hines was VERY cooperative and understanding about the situation.” With a gun pointed to my head, I imagine I would have the exact same attitude as Ward.

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Posted on: April 4, 2011 2:21 pm

Woodhead, Hillis advance in Madden tourney

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Patriots RB Danny Woodhead continued his remarkable run in the Madden ’12 cover vote, but considering he’s matched up against Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in the third round, his streak is probably about to end.

Woodhead, a dark-horse candidate at the beginning of the 16-man tournament, knocked off Giants WR Hakeem Nicks 57 percent-43 percent, but he’ll face a tough candidate in Rogers, who blasted Lions DT Ndamukong Suh 72-28 in the first round and Rams QB Sam Bradford 76-24 in the second round and appears only to be growing stronger.

In the other half of that side of bracket, Browns RB Peyton Hillis – originally a No. 10 seed as compared to Woodhead’s No. 4 – surprisingly edged Falcons QB Matt Ryan 51-49 and will meet Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles.

On the other side of the bracket, 49ers LB Patrick Willis – who upset Steelers WR Hines Ward in the second round – will meet PETA favorite/Eagles QB Michael Vick.

The final quarterfinals matchup between Saints QB Drew Brees and Vikings RB Adrian Peterson might be the most intriguing vote of the third round.

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Posted on: April 1, 2011 8:51 am

Hot Routes 4.1.11 Bright and early

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

  • Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated says teams are willing to trade a first-round draft pick for Kevin Kolb. But not all teams seem as certain about meeting the 26-year-old quarterback’s contract demands in 2012.

  • Thanks to the new screen at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Jerry Jones’ ballyhooed screen is about to become the world’s second largest HD display.

  • Some are speculating (merely speculating) that Kris Jenkins could return to Carolina.

  • It’s not all negative news in the NFL these days.

  • Get your Hines Ward Dancing With the Stars update right here. (Or, instead of clicking the link, you can just visit the Bingo room at your nearest community center and ask the senior citizens that make up 99 percent of the show’s audience about the smiley Steelers receiver.)

  • NFL players have put a specific number on how much they want the league to pay in punitive damages for revenue that was left on the table from the NFL’s 2009 and 2010 TV deals. That number? It was redacted from court documents. Judge David Doty will hear this issue May 12. 

  • Was it cool for DeSean Jackson to appear on NFL Network during the lockout?

  • Larry Johnson wants a change of venue for his upcoming lawsuit trial stemming from the 2008 incident where he allegedly spat his drink on a lady. The former Chiefs running back doesn’t believe he can get a fair trial in Kansas City.

  • Simeon Rice wants to get back into the NFL, but his movie career (and 37 years of age) might get in the way.

  • Citizens of Los Angeles will have a chance to voice their thoughts about AEG’s impending NFL stadium project. (This begs the question: are Los Anglesites capable of thinking about anything NFL-related?).

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Posted on: March 20, 2011 2:59 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2011 3:32 pm

Offseason Checkup: Pittsburgh Steelers

Posted by Andy Benoit


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If you’d told the Steelers at some point during last fall that Ben Roethlisberger would get the ball with 2:07 remaining down six in Super Bowl XLV, they probably would have taken it. That final drive was about the only thing that did not go Roethlisberger’s way in 2010 (suspension aside, of course).

The Steelers, despite a depleted offensive line, got within arms’ reach of a Lombardi Trophy thanks to the emergence of young playmakers Rashard Mendenhall, Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown.

And, of course, thanks to their perennially staunch defense. Troy Polamalu took home Defensive Player of the Year honors (no matter what the humble safety says, the award was well-deserved) while the star-studded linebacking corps welcomed a new sensation: inside ‘backer Lawrence Timmons.

NFL Offseason

Don’t be shocked if Emmanuel Sanders supplants Hines Ward in the starting lineup sooner than later. This is more about Sanders than Ward. The second-year wideout is already Ben Roethlisberger’s go-to target in spread formations (granted, in part because Roethlisberger prefers to work the slot from four-and five-wide sets). Sanders has the quickness and tempo change to beat man coverage, and he showed marked improvements in understanding the offense as his rookie season wore on.

These days, Ward, 35, runs like he’s playing in sand. But he can still produce. His 59 catches for 755 yards last season were a drop below the back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons he had coming into the year, but his famous (notorious?) blocking remains sharp.

1. Offensive Tackle 1
After watching him lumber through last season, it seems like RT Flozell Adams is nearing that age where Tuesday afternoons and Saturday nights start feeling the same and relatives start dropping subtle hints about the dangers of driving after dark. No way the Steelers pay Adams the $5 million he’s due in 2011. The Steelers can go for the best OT available overall given that LT Max Starks is coming back from injury and could move over to the more-fitting right side.

2. Right Guard
Ramon Foster is not the answer. A simple review of last year’s front line personnel changes reveals that coaches will do just about anything to keep the undrafted utility man out of the starting lineup. Backup G/C Doug Legursky has better mobility than people think, but it’s not enough to make up for his lack of phone booth power.

3. Defensive End
Aaron Smith turns 35 in April and has missed all but 11 games over the past two years. Ziggy Hood was supposed to be primed to start by now, but the ’09 first-round pick does not have the power to be a true anchor outside. Hood must develop the type of agility that’s made Brett Keisel a force; it’s a tossup whether he will. Keisel will be 33 in September but shows no sign of decline. However, the Steelers like to draft players two years out, so finding at least one understudy still makes sense.

A run at a record seventh Lombardi Trophy is clearly not out of the question, though the Steelers won just 17 games combined in the seasons following their last two Super Bowl appearances. The defense is aging but not aged. The offense should only be better.

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Posted on: February 28, 2011 8:07 pm

Hines Ward on newest 'Dancing with the Stars'

Posted by Will Brinson

It wouldn't be a fast-paced news day in the NFL world if we couldn't drop some "Dancing With the Stars" knowledge, so here you go: Hines Ward will be appearing on the next season of the [somehow] popular reality television show.

That's according to TMZ, who reports that Ward, along with Sugar Ray Leonard, will be the famous athletes that grace the competition's field this season.

But wait! There's more! Reportedly, Ralph Macchio, aka the Karate Kid, will also be on the roster of "Stars."

Ward's obviously an outstanding athlete -- he's excelled at every level of football, but you have to wonder if, at this stage of his career, whether he's an elite dancer, or just a possession receiver.

Okay, but in all non-terrible joke-related news, there's a pretty good chance that Ward, who obviously has pretty good feet and will probably could succeed on the show -- history's shown that football players typically do well in these events, so it wouldn't be shocking to see Ward do the same.

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Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:58 pm

New concussions rules should help

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The NFL continues trying to figure out how to safeguard against concussions.

Last season alone, it put an emphasis on how players should and should not tackle, confusing just about everybody around the league. It started fining people tremendous amounts of money. It sent out videos of what to do and what not to do (though it was really difficult to tell the difference between the two).

The rules continue to draw the ire of guys like Steelers WR Hines Ward – who, you might recall, ripped the NFL recentl y on the matter. Remember this in his GQ interview with Mike Silver?

“Man, nobody paid attention to that video,” Ward told Silver. “We don't know what they want. They're so hypocritical sometimes. They came out with these new helmets that are supposed to stop concussions. If they care so much about our safety, why don't they mandate that we wear the new ones? If they're so worried about what concussions will do to us after our careers, then guarantee our insurance for life. And if you're going to fine me for a hit, let the money go to veteran guys to help with their medical issues. To say the league really cares? They don't give a f--- about concussions. And now they want to add on two extra games? Are you kidding? Come on, let's be real.

“Now that these new guidelines are in place, you'll see more and more guys lying to doctors to stay on the field. Contracts aren't guaranteed. If a guy's contract is coming up and he gets his bell rung – and if he has a concussion, he'll have to leave the game and maybe miss another one – trust me, he ain't tellin' nobody. Look at [49ers running back] Brian Westbrook. He was an elite player who had concussion issues, and he struggled to find work after the Eagles cut him. Guys saw that. I'm telling you, if you're a guy on the bubble or playing for your next contract, you're going out there and jeopardizing your life to get that payday.”

Now, it sounds like it will be harder for concussed players to get back on the field.

According to Pro Football Talk, the NFL will revise its approach to concussions by forcing players who suffer head injuries to leave the sidelines immediately and return to the locker room. Then, after the game, they won’t be available to talk to reporters. 

While it sounds like a minor change, it’s meant to save players from themselves. And as we’ve learned, sometimes a player is the biggest danger to himself.

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