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

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

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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