Hines Ward

  • Birth Name: Hines E. Ward Jr.
  • Birth Place: Seoul, South Korea
  • Profession: NFL player

Fast Facts

  • Born in Seoul to an African-American father and Korean mother; moved to Atlanta when he was 1 and was raised by his single mother.
  • On his right arm, has a tattoo of Mickey Mouse in the Heisman pose under his name written in Korean.
  • Is missing an anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, after a bike accident as a child. The missing ACL was discovered in a predraft physical.
  • In addition to football, he played baseball in high school, and was drafted in 1994 by the Florida Marlins, who offered a $25,000 signing bonus, but he decided to pursue football at Georgia.
  • In high school, he garnered All-County, All-State and All-American honors.
  • Played quarterback, wideout, tailback and finally receiver in college.
  • Drafted 92nd overall in the third round of the 1998 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Won the Super Bowl XL MVP award in 2006, catching five passes for 123 yards against Seattle, making him the first Korean-American to win that award.
  • Has worked to end discrimination faced by biracial children in South Korea by founding the Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation. 
  • Won season 12 of Dancing With the Stars with partner Kym Johnson.


  • Young-He — Mother
  • Hines Ward — Father
  • Jaden Ward — Son
  • Lindsey Georgalas — Wife


  • University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, United States (BS in Consumer Economics, 1998)