In March when Hines Ward was forced into retirement, fans were sad to see his career come to an end. Throughout his years in the league, he had become a fan favorite for his tough-nosed play and the heart he displayed on the gridiron.
Luckily, Ward wasnâ€™t without a job for too long. Today NBC announced they have hired the former Steelers wide receiver to be an analyst for NBC Sports.
Hines Ward this fall will join NBC Sports for various roles â€” including being a contributor to NBCâ€™s Sunday night NFL studio show.
The ex-Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, who was a guest analyst (in a de facto TV tryout) on NBCâ€™s Super Bowl pregame show last season, also will appear on the NBC Sports Network cable channel. There, heâ€™ll be a studio analyst for college football and appear on the weekday Sports Talk news show, which airs at 6 p.m. ET. Ward follows Michelle Beadle, whoâ€™ll appear on NBCSN after leaving ESPN, in an attempt to bring some star power to a cable channel known as Versus before it was rebranded.
Congrats to Hines Ward for his new job, that's gonna be dope.
â€” Coast (@Joseph_is_live) May 31, 2012
Just spoke to Hines Ward. He's excited about opportunity with NBC and said he wont hold back his opinions even if its about the #Steelers
â€” Rich Walsh KDKA (@RichieWalsh) May 31, 2012
Hines Ward hired by NBC as analyst. Now he and Harrison can tell "I was dirty" stories together.
â€” Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) May 31, 2012
NBC hired Hines Ward to be an analyst on Football Night in America, with appearances on NBC SportsTalk and studio shows college football.
â€” John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) May 31, 2012
Welcome to NBC, @MVP86HinesWard.
â€” Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) May 31, 2012
NBC-TV hires retired #Steelers WR Hines Ward for various NFL & college football shows, including Sunday Night in America and SportsTalk.
â€” Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) May 31, 2012