Pittsburgh Steelers Hines Ward was the main speaker for the Partlow Insurance Sports Breakfast at the Winchester Moore Lodge on Saturday, May 6. He commented that back when he was playing football professionally he didn’t have the same opportunities to connect with his fans that he does now, so he’s been happy that he could do sore. Ward also shared many stories about his life and career and emphasized how important children are to him. In addition to that, he discussed other topics such as his foundation that focuses on awarding scholarships to student-athletes that have had to overcome difficult circumstances. His passion for the game and other people was evident, and the audience really was able to take in everything that he said.
The South Korean-born athlete was born to an African-American father and Korean mother and grew up in the Atlanta area where he was able to showcase his athletic abilities during his high school years. He ended up attending the University of Georgia where he played for the Bulldogs for three years and even totaled the second most amount of yards in the school’s history as a wide receiver. In addition to football, he was also a great baseball player and was drafted by the Florida Marlins in 1994 as a result of that. However, he waited to enter the 1998 NFL Draft where he was selected in the 3rd round by the Steelers, with whom he stayed with for all 13 years of his football career.
Hines recently spoke at the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival’s annual Partlow Insurance Sports Breakfast and it was an incredible and memorable time. Funds were raised for a good cause and football fans in the local area got to hear from one of the NFL’s former greatest players.
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