Hines Ward, Jr. is a Hero


Ladies and gentlemen, meet Hines E. Ward, Jr. He's the MVP of last year's Superbowl XL, currently playing as a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hines was born in Seoul, South Korea on March 8, 1976 to a Korean mother and African American father. recently, he has become an advocate for ethnic minorities in South Korea.

His football career began during high school when he played as quarterback for the Forest Park High School Football Team. He was also awarded the Clayton County Offensive Player of the Year twice. He earned All-American honors from Super Prep, Blue Chip Illustrated & USA Today, as well as All-State & Super Southern Top 100 honors. Ward was also an excellent student and graduated with a 3.81 GPA.

Ward played as a wide receiver in college for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. He finished his college football career ranked second in school history with 144 receptions. He had 1,965 career receiving yards to rank third in team history. He gained 3,870 all-purpose yards, second only to Herschel Walker (5,749). And he was the 1997 All-American choice by The Poor Man’s Guide to the NFL Draft.

He had so many athletic achievements and all of these are known. You can read more of them at his official website, <a href="http://www.mvp86.com/">www.mvp86.com</a>.

But what's also admirable is that the 6-foot 205-pound Superbowl XL MVP earned a bachelor’s degree in consumer economics.

In his professional career, he is one of the top receivers in the NFL. In fact, he's currently second on the Steelers’ all-time career receptions list (505). He is also the fifth Steeler to reach 5,000 receiving yards in team history and currently is second on the team’s all-time receiving yardage list (6,065 yards)

Amazingly, he became the only receiver in Steelers history to surpass 1,000 receiving yards for four straight seasons. He currently holds the team record for receptions in a season (112) which he set in 2002, has 41 career TD catches and scored 12 TD receptions in 2003 to tie Louis Lipps (1985) and Buddy Dial’s (1961) team record.

The Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation

Ward's mother (Kim Young-hee &#44608;&#50689;&#55148;) is Korean and his father (Hines Ward, Sr.) is African-American. In 2006, Ward became the first Korean-American to win the Super Bowl MVP award. This achievement threw him into the media spotlight in South Korea, where racially-mixed people often face discrimination.

From April 3 through May 30, 2006, Ward returned to his birthplace of Seoul for the first time since his parents moved to the United States when he was one year old. Ward used his celebrity status to arrange "hope-sharing" meetings with multiracial Korean children and to encourage social and political reform. Ward cried when describing the discrimination he faced. At one hope-sharing meeting, he told a group of children, "If the country can accept me for who I am and accept me for being a Korean, I'm pretty sure that this country can change and accept you for who you are." On his final day in Korea, he donated $1 million USD to create the Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation, which the AP called "a foundation to help mixed-race children like himself in South Korea, where they have suffered discrimination.

Some Hines Ward Trivia
* Ward resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Simone and his son Jayden.
* On his right arm is a tattoo of his name in Hangul, the Korean alphabet (Korean: &#54616;&#51064;&#49828; &#50892;&#46300;), and below that a tattoo of Mickey Mouse carrying a football.
* Ward's draft status dropped coming out of college when it was discovered that he was missing an anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
* In September 2006, Ward began hosting the "Hines Ward Show" on Pittsburgh CBS affiliate KDKA
* He owns a bar in Pittsburgh's South Side called "The Locker Room".

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