Whether you love him or hate him, Hines Ward is one of the toughest players in the NFL. It is hard to find a player who embodies the spirit of his city better than Ward.
Teammates and fans love him, opponents hate him. One thing for sure, you must keep your head on a swivel when he is in the game. Nothing slows down Ward, the most prolific receiver in Pittsburgh Steelers history.
There is no doubt that Ward is one of the most loved Steelers on the roster, so I sat down and came up with some questions that I would love to ask him.
1. How does it feel to be a two-time Super Bowl champion?
2. You signed a four-year extension on April 25. When did you realize that Pittsburgh was where you wanted to spend your entire career?
3. What has the city meant to you?
4. You give a lot back to the city. There’s the Hines Ward Show and Southside 86, formerly the locker room. Do you feel like building a relationship with the people in the city is important?
5. It is apparent that family means a lot to you. You have your son’s name, Jaden, on your right arm in the Korean alphabet. You also took a trip back to your birthplace in Seoul, South Korea, after being the first Korean-American to win a Super Bowl MVP. How often do you return to South Korea and how what is your experience like when you visit?
6. You donated $1 million to start the Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation. Do you have any other charities that you do work for?
7. Spreading happiness off the football field really seems to translate to your joy on the field. Everyone knows the Hines Ward Smile, and it even seems to get under the skin of some opponents. Do you intentionally do this or is it something that you really can’t control?
8. If players aren’t frustrated by the smiling, they usually are going to get upset when you knock them flat on their back. When did you first start your physical play?
9. Would you say that some of your time playing running back at Georgia contributed?
10. On top of playing wide receiver and running back at Georgia, you also had some reps at quarterback. Do you have to have a certain mindset to play numerous positions?
11. You were highly touted as a quarterback out of high school—All-American honors, two-time county player of the year, all-state. Was it hard to not be a full-time quarterback when you got to college?
12. During the pre-draft preparations, it was discovered that you were missing the ACL in your left knee. Did you have any prior knowledge, or what were your thoughts when you found out?
13. It most likely affected your draft stock. Did you feel like you had to play with a chip on your shoulder?
14. If you didn’t feel like you needed to prove anything, you did it anyway. How does it feel to be mentioned in the same breath as a John Stallworth and Lynn Swann as the greatest wide receivers to ever wear a Steelers uniform?
15. Your passion seems almost unparalleled. Have you ever laid any big hits in practice and had the coaches tell you to ease up?
16. The Cincinnati Bengals would have liked you to ease up on Keith Rivers. What was the fallout like with that situation?
17. Later the Ravens said they put a bounty on you. Did that affect you at all?
18. Everyone here loves you in Pittsburgh. If you could tell one thing to all of your fans, what would it be?