Vote for Hines Ward on Dancing with the Stars!
The Pittsburgh Steelers have long been known as a blue-collar team. They win games by grinding it out the old-fashioned way, and they don’t put up with diva behavior. Hines, who has a resume worthy of future induction into the Hall of Fame (To date he has on record 11,702 receiving yards and 83 touchdowns), is as blue-collar of a player as there is.
In a league full of wide receivers who think that their individual statistics are more important than the numbers in the win/loss column, Ward has remained refreshingly humble and continues to play hard on every down, whether it’s to receive, block, or be the moral leader. He never stops smiling and isn’t afraid to sacrifice his body in order to take or dish out a hard hit.
In addition, his active involvement and dedication to the Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation is commendable. In 2006, after a trip to his birthplace of South Korea, Ward donated an initial $1 million to the foundation “to help mixed-race children like himself in South Korea, where they have suffered discrimination.”
During a press conference before he returned home, Ward said, “I will make the struggle to end bi-racial discrimination my chief cause, for which I will devote my time and resources, both in the United States and Korea.”
His Helping Hands U.S. Foundation “focuses on improving literacy among children and will provide programs and services to better equip them for achieving and handling success in life.”
Thus, I have decided to sponsor VoteforHines.com in honor of his appearance on “Dancing with the Stars”. Ward has long been one of my favorite players on the team; I hope every Steelers fan feels the same way and participates in the voting process.
Ward agreed to compete because “it looks extremely challenging” and said, “I am always up for a good challenge and would love to see what I can do in a field completely foreign to me. Besides, if Emmitt (Emmitt Smith won in Season 3) and Jerry (Jerry Rice finished second in Season 2) can do it, so can I.”
Ward has already shown off his dancing skills with a fantastic rendition of the John Wall dance after a catch on Monday Night Football against the Cincinnati Bengals last season.
Please support Ward throughout the show so we can help him make that final push for victory by calling 1-800-VOTE403 or registering to vote online at ABC.com. Also, be sure to follow him on Twitter @mvp86hinesward and tweet using the hashtag #VoteForHines.