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Hines Ward Biography

Birth Name:
Hines E. Ward Jr.
Birth Place:
Seoul, South Korea
NFl player

Fast Facts

  • Born in Seoul to an African-American father and Korean mother; moved to Atlanta when he was 1 and was raised by his single mother
  • On his right arm, has a tattoo of Mickey Mouse in the Heisman pose under his name written in Korean
  • Is missing an anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, after a bike accident as a child
  • The missing ACL was discovered in a predraft physical
  • In addition to football, he played baseball in high school, and was drafted in 1994 by the Florida Marlins, who offered a $25,000 signing bonus, but he decided to pursue football at Georgia
  • In high school, he garnered All-County, All-State and All-American honors
  • Played quarterback, wideout, tailback and finally receiver in college
  • Drafted 92nd overall in the third round of the 1998 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Won the Super Bowl XL MVP award in 2006, catching five passes for 123 yards against Seattle, making him the first Korean-American to win that award
  • Has worked to end discrimination faced by biracial children in South Korea by founding the Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation
  • Won season 12 of Dancing With the Stars with partner Kym Johnson


  • Hines Ward -- Father
  • Young-He -- Mother
  • Jaden Ward -- Son
  • Lindsey Georgalas -- Wife