Ex-Steelers great Ward says he wants to coach at Georgia

Former Steelers receiver Hines Ward smiles on the sideline.
Former Steelers receiver Hines Ward smiles on the sideline.
Photo by Christopher Horner | Tribune-review
| Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, 7:12 p.m.

Former Steelers wide receiver great Hines Ward would like to give coaching a shot, provided it's with his alma mater, Georgia.

Ward, who played with the SEC program from 1994-97, told an Atlanta television station “the bug is still there.”

“Television is great, but I've always had the coaching bug, and I really don't want to coach in the NFL,” said Ward, an NBC studio analyst. “If I ever got into coaching, I'd want to give back to my alma mater.”

Ward, 39, the Steelers' all-time leader in receptions, receiving yardage and touchdown receptions, said he would like to be a wide receivers coach. There's one problem: The staff for new coach Kirby Smart — Ward's former college teammate — is complete.

“I have been where these kids want to go, being a Georgia guy,” Ward said. “I live here in Georgia. Georgia is my passion. I think I have a lot to offer. And I always wanted to give back to my university, to give back the knowledge of the game.

“I can see myself walking into recruiting — moms know me from ‘Dancing With the Stars,' dads know me from the Steelers. I can see myself doing some recruiting.”

Ward was an all-SEC receiver with the Bulldogs and left as the team's No. 2 all-time receiver with 144 receptions.

“Hey, Kirby Smart, if you are out there and you want a receivers coach, give me a call,” Ward said. “It would definitely be something that I'd have to think about.”

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