Ex-Pittsburgh Steelers WR Hines Ward to join Florida Atlantic staff

Former Pittsburgh Steelers and Georgia wide receiver Hines Ward is set to join Florida Atlantic‘s coaching staff, sources told ESPN.

Ward, a four-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl champion with the Steelers, entered coaching with the New York Jets in 2019 and remained there in 2020.

Florida Atlantic does not have any full-time assistant jobs available, but The Owl’s Nest, which first reported the move, noted that Ward is expected to work alongside new FAU wide receivers coach Joey Thomas, a former NFL and CFL player.

Ward, 45, had 1,000 receptions for 12,083 yards and 85 touchdowns in 217 career games for the Steelers between 1998 and 2011. He was a third-round draft pick out of Georgia, where he twice earned All-SEC honors. While at Georgia, Ward played for a coaching staff that included David Kelly, now Florida Atlantic’s coordinator of player personnel.

After retiring from the Steelers, Ward worked as an NFL analyst with NBC, and has been a contributor to both CNN and HLN since 2016.

He joined the Jets as an offensive assistant in September 2019.

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