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GQ, Lacoste And Patron Tequila Celebrate The Super Bowl In Indianapolis
GQ, Lacoste And Patron Tequila Celebrate The Super Bowl In Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 03: Professional football player Hines Ward attends GQ, Lacoste And Patron Tequila Celebrate The Super Bowl In Indianapolis at The Stutz Building on February 3, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for GQ)
Hines Ward
Hines Ward
20 May 1998: Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers in action during the Pinnacle NFL Rookie Shoot at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell /Allsport
Jets v Steelers X Ward
Jets v Steelers X Ward
09 Dec 01: Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers stiff arms Victor Green #21 of the New York Jets during the third quarter at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. Digital Image. Mandatory Credit: NICK WASS/ALLSPORT
Hines Ward
Hines Ward
22 Nov 1998: Wide receiver Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Jaguars 30-15. Mandatory Credit: Robert Laberge /Allsport
Vikings v Steelers X
Vikings v Steelers X
02 Dec 2001 : Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers outruns the defense of the Minnesota Vikings during the game at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania . The Steelers won 21-16. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Ezra Shaw/Allsport
Bengals v Steelers
Bengals v Steelers
PITTSBURGH- NOVEMBER 24: Wide Receiver Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws his towel to the crowd as he walks to the locker room after the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 24, 2002 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cincinnati scored on the next play. (Photo by Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images)
Hines Ward
Hines Ward
8 Aug 1998: Wide receiver Hines Ward #15 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during a pre-season game against the Buffalo Bills at the Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Bills 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons
Hines Ward #86
Hines Ward #86
17 Sep 2000: Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks on the sidelines during a game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Brown Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Steelers 23-20.Mandatory Credit: Harry How /Allsport
Hines celebrates game winning TD
Hines celebrates game winning TD
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 5: Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates as Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala scores the game winning touchdown with a three yard run against the Cleveland Browns with :58 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter as the Steelers defeated the Browns 36-33 during the NFC Playoffs on January 5, 2003 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Hines Ward fights with Chris McAlister
Hines Ward fights with Chris McAlister
PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 7: Wide receiver Hines Ward #36 of the Pittsburgh Steelers fights with cornerback Chris McAlister of the Baltimore Ravens on September 7, 2003 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Ravens 34-15. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)
Hines Ward Touchdown
Hines Ward Touchdown
PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 26: Wide receiver Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers falls into the end zone for a touchdown over cornerback DeJuan Groce #24 of the St. Louis Rams during the second quarter on October 26, 2003 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Rams defeated the Steelers 33-21. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers' wide receiver Hines Ward (86)
Pittsburgh Steelers' wide receiver Hines Ward (86)
PITTSBURGH, UNITED STATES: Pittsburgh Steelers' wide receiver Hines Ward (86) scores on a touchdown pass from quarterback Tommy Maddox as Indianapolis Colts' Nick Harper defends during the third quarter on 21 October, 2002 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. AFP Photo/David Maxwell (Photo credit should read DAVID MAXWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Eagles v Pittsburgh Steelers
Philadelphia Eagles v Pittsburgh Steelers
PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 7: Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers leaps into the end zone over Brian Dawkins #20 and Lito Sheppard #26 of the Philadelphia Eagles for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead in the first quarter at Heinz Field on November 7, 2004 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers 2005 Headshots
Pittsburgh Steelers 2005 Headshots
PITTSBURGH - 2005: Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers poses for his 2005 NFL headshot at photo day in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jerame Tuman (L) cel
Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jerame Tuman (L) cel
PITTSBURGH, UNITED STATES: Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jerame Tuman (L) celebrates as teammate Hines Ward (R) scores a touchdown against the Detroit Lions during the second quarter 23 December, 2001 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. AFP PHOTO/David MAXWELL (Photo credit should read DAVID MAXWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
Cincinnati Bengals v Pittsburgh Steelers
Cincinnati Bengals v Pittsburgh Steelers
PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 4: Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers makes a catch despite coverage by Deltha Taylor #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals December 4, 2005 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Bill Cowh
Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Bill Cowh
Detroit, UNITED STATES: Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Bill Cowher (R) holds the Vince Lombardi trophy while congratulating MVP Hines Ward (L) after their team defeated the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL, 05 February 2006 in Detroit, MI. The Steelers won 21-10. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Wide receiver Hines Ward of the Pittsbur
Wide receiver Hines Ward of the Pittsbur
Detroit, UNITED STATES: Wide receiver Hines Ward of the Pittsburg Steelers scores a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XL, 05 February 2006 in Detroit, MI. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Ward scores touchdown
Ward scores touchdown
SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 2: Wide Receiver Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers makes a leaping touchdown catch against the Seattle Seahawks on November 2, 2003 at Seahawks Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward (L) s
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward (L) s
CLEVELAND, UNITED STATES: Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward (L) scores on a touchdown pass from quarterback Tommy Maddox as Cleveland Browns defender Daylon McCutcheon (R) watches during the second quarter 03 November, 2002 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, OH. AFP PHOTO/David MAXWELL (Photo credit should read DAVID MAXWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers (R) catches
Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers (R) catches
PITTSBURGH, UNITED STATES: Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers (R) catches a 20-yard pass in front of Corey Harris of the Baltimore Ravens(L) in first quarter during AFC Divisional Playoff game 20 January, 2002, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers v Denver Broncos
AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers v Denver Broncos
DENVER - JANUARY 22: Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers holds up a terrible towel in celebration in the final minute of the Steelers' 34-17 win over the Denver Broncos during the AFC Championship Game January 22, 2006 at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Hines Ward Receives Honorary Citizenship In Seoul
Hines Ward Receives Honorary Citizenship In Seoul
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 5: American football player Hines Ward (L) of the Pittsburgh Steelers weeps after he received an honorary citizenship of Seoul from the Mayor of Seoul Lee Myung-Bak at city hall on April 5, 2006 in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea welcomed the return of its new found sports hero Ward with celebrations for the Korean-American football star who left the country as a toddler. Ward, who was born to a Korean mother and an African-American father, became an overnight sensation in South Korea when the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver won the MVP award in the team's Super Bowl win against the Seattle Seahawks in February. Ward, 31, was accompanied by his mother Kim Young-Hee, who took him to the United States when he was two-years-old to escape the discrimination often suffered by mixed-race children in South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide reciever Hines
Pittsburgh Steelers wide reciever Hines
Detroit, UNITED STATES: Pittsburgh Steelers wide reciever Hines Ward holds the Vince Lombardi trophy after his team won Super Bowl XL, 21-10 against the Seattle Seahawks 05 February 2006 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Ward is the MVP of the game. AFP PHOTO/JEFF HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
Super Bowl XL
Super Bowl XL
DETROIT - FEBRUARY 05: Wide receiver Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers holds his son Jaden and the keys to a Cadillac Escalade for being named MVP after defeating the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL at Ford Field on February 5, 2006 in Detroit, Michigan. Bettis announced his retirement after the Steelers defeated the Seahawks 21-10. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Hines Ward #86
Hines Ward #86
10 Oct 1999: Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in action during the game against the Buffalo Bills at the Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills defeated the Steelers 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport
US footballer Hines Ward, born of a Kore
US footballer Hines Ward, born of a Kore
INCHEON, REPUBLIC OF KOREA: US footballer Hines Ward, born of a Korean mother and an African-American father, and his mother wave towards well wishers at Incheon International Airport, 03 April 2006. Ward arrived in South Korea on a 10-day tour of the land of his birth. AFP PHOTO/KIM DONG-JOO (Photo credit should read KIM DONG-JOO/AFP/Getty Images)
Houston Texans v Pittsburgh Steelers
Houston Texans v Pittsburgh Steelers
PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 07: Wide receiver Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during play against the Houston Texans on September 7, 2008 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers v San Diego Chargers
Pittsburgh Steelers v San Diego Chargers
SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 08: A fan wears the likeliness of Wide Receiver Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Steelers' 23-13 loss to the San Diego Chargers during their NFL game on October 8, 2006 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers v New York Jets
Pittsburgh Steelers v New York Jets
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 18: Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs the ball against Hank Poteat #31 of the New York Jets at Giants Stadium November 18, 2007 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Steelers 19-16 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers v New England Patriots
Pittsburgh Steelers v New England Patriots
FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 30: Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates his touchdown in the third quarter against the New England Patriots on November 30, 2008 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
San Diego Chargers v Pittsburgh Steelers
San Diego Chargers v Pittsburgh Steelers
PITTSBURGH - JANUARY 11: A fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers stands overa banner which reads "Psycho 86 Ward" in support of Hines Ward #86 against the San Diego Chargers during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 11, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Steelers won 35-24. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
President Bush Meets With Super Bowl Champs Pittsburgh Steelers
President Bush Meets With Super Bowl Champs Pittsburgh Steelers
WASHINGTON - JUNE 02: U.S. President George W. Bush delivers remarks while welcoming the Superbowl XL campions Pittsburgh Steelers, including Superbowl MVP Hines Ward (R), in the East Room of the White House June 2, 2006 in Washington, DC. The Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 in Superbowl XL. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
2006 ESPY Awards - Show
2006 ESPY Awards - Show
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 12: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hugs teammate Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers as they accept the award for "Best Team" at the 2006 ESPY Awards at the Kodak Theatre on July 12, 2006 in Hollywood, California. This is Roethlisberger's first public appearance since his motorcycle accident in June. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (R) packs USO
US President Barack Obama (R) packs USO
US President Barack Obama (R) packs USO care packages with Pittsburg Steelers Wide Reciever Hines Ward during a service event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, May 21, 2009, with the Superbowl Champions Pittsburg Steelers and wounded veterans. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
2005 NFL Pro Bowl - AFC vs NFC - February 13, 2005
2005 NFL Pro Bowl - AFC vs NFC - February 13, 2005
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward grabs an on-side kick and rushes to the end zone for a touchdown during the 2005 Pro Bowl game at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu February 13, 2005. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
2009 AFC Media Day
2009 AFC Media Day
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: Wide receiver Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers talks with the media during the AFC Media Day at Raymond James Stadium on January 27, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
2011 AFC Championship: New York Jets v Pittsburgh Steelers
2011 AFC Championship: New York Jets v Pittsburgh Steelers
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23: Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates their 24 to 19 win over the New York Jets in the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers Arrive Ahead Of Super Bowl XLV
Pittsburgh Steelers Arrive Ahead Of Super Bowl XLV
DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 31: Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks to the team bus after arriving at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport on January 31, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Cleveland Browns v Pittsburgh Steelers
Cleveland Browns v Pittsburgh Steelers
PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 17: Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the game on October 17, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Baltimore Ravens v Pittsburgh Steelers
Baltimore Ravens v Pittsburgh Steelers
PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 03: Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks on the field during the game against the Baltimore Ravens on October 3, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers - November 13, 2005
Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers - November 13, 2005
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward holds the ball in the air in celebration after scoring a touchdown during a game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on November 13th, 2005. The Steelers defeated the Browns 34 to 21. (Photo by Michael Fabus/NFLPhotoLibrary)
Super Bowl XLV - Media Day
Super Bowl XLV - Media Day
ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 01: Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers smiles as he wears a Troy Polamalu wig as he is on the podium during Super Bowl XLV Media Day ahead of Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 1, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers v Carolina Panthers
Pittsburgh Steelers v Carolina Panthers
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 01: Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers smiles before their preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Cast Of "Dancing With The Stars" Visits ABC's "Good Morning America"
Cast Of "Dancing With The Stars" Visits ABC's "Good Morning America"
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 25: Dancing with the Stars champions Hines Ward and Kym Johnson visit ABC's "Good Morning America" on Military Island in Times Square on May 25, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
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