Feb 9, 2024; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Former wide receiver Hines Ward speaks during the Legends NFL Party. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Steelers great Hines Ward to coach Arizona State WRs

Pittsburgh Steelers great Hines Ward is joining Arizona State’s staff as wide receivers coach, ESPN reported Saturday.

Ward, 48, caught 1,000 passes, made four Pro Bowls and won two Super Bowls with the Steelers from 1998-2011.

He began his coaching career as an offensive intern with the Steelers in 2017 before serving as an offensive assistant with the New York Jets (2019-20), wide receivers coach at Florida Atlantic (2021) and head coach of the then-XFL’s San Antonio Brahmas in 2023.

The Sun Devils finished 3-9 in their first season with head coach Kenny Dillingham in 2023. The program moves from the Pac-12 to the Big 12 this season.

Ward played in 217 games with Pittsburgh and is the franchise’s all-time leader in catches, receiving yards (12,083) and touchdown receptions (85). He was the MVP of Super Bowl XL and earned a second ring in Super Bowl XLIII.

The Steelers selected Ward in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft out of Georgia.

–Field Level Media

(from left) Offensive coach Hines Ward, New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14), and running back Frank Gore (21) walk off the field after losing to the Denver Broncos, 37-28, at MetLife Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in East Rutherford.

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Reports: Hines Ward to join coaching staff at FAU

Nov 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Damiere Byrd (10) gains yards after the catch as New York Jets cornerback Pierre Desir (35) pursues during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Former Pittsburgh Steelers great Hines Ward is joining the staff of coach Willie Taggart at Florida Atlantic, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

Ward, 45, will work with wide receivers coach Joey Thomas, 247Sports reported. He spent the past two seasons as an offensive analyst with the New York Jets in his first foray into coaching.

A third-round pick from Georgia in 1998, Ward played 14 seasons and 217 games in Pittsburgh, winning two Super Bowls and making four Pro Bowls. He caught 1,000 passes — 14th most in league history — for 12,083 yards and 85 touchdowns. He ran for 428 yards and added one rushing score.

Since retiring from the NFL, Ward also worked as an analyst with NBC and won ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

–Field Level Media