Hines Ward

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


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


  • University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, United States (BS in Consumer Economics, 1998)
MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)
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