Super Bowl Champion and BECOME ONE athlete Hines Ward crosses the finish line during the 2013 GoPro IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (Marco Garcia/AP Images for GoPro Ironman) by Karin StantonAssociated Press Writer KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) – Former Pittsburgh Steelers star Hines Ward added a new title to his resume Saturday. Not content with being a football and dancing star, Ward now is an Ironman.
In this Oct. 9, 2011, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward (86) is upended by Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin and lands in the end zone for a touchdown during the third quarter of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. Ward will compete in the Ironman World Championships triathlon this weekend, the kind of challenge he says made his NFL career look like child’s play. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) by Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Hines Ward spent 14 years in the NFL, catching 1,000 passes and earning a reputation as one of the most physical wide receivers in NFL history. And none of it prepared him for what the former Pittsburgh Steelers standout and “Dancing With the Stars” champion calls the most difficult challenge of his life: the Ironman Triathlon.