Hines Ward is returning to the NFL, but you won't see him on the field.
The four-time Pro Bowler who played 14 years for the Pittsburgh Steelers after the 2011 season has joined NBC Sports Group as an analyst across its NFL, college football and studio programming.
As part of the multi-year agreement, Ward will be a regular contributor to Football Night in America; serve as an analyst every Saturday on NBC’s and NBC Sports Network’s college football studio programming with Liam McHugh and Doug Flutie; and will regularly appear on NBC SportsTalk with Mike Florio and Peter King to preview and recap the week in the NFL.
“We think Hines is a perfect match for television because he brings with him a unique combination of charisma and football experience, which he demonstrated on our Super Bowl pre-game show from Indianapolis,” stated Sam Flood, executive producer, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. “He’s an opinionated personality who can draw upon his 14 years of experience, having excelled at the highest levels of the game. Just don't expect .”
“I am really excited! It's not every day that you get the chance to work for a powerhouse like the NBC Sports Group,” Ward stated in a release. “It is a big honor for me and I am looking forward to making the most of this great opportunity.”
The Steelers play three times this upcoming season on NBC's Sunday Night Football.