Former Steelers Receiver Hines Ward Goes Undead For TV Cameo
By: Kim O'Hara | Posted: February 11, 2013
He earned two Super Bowl rings in a 14-year career. He won a mirrorball trophy on Dancing With The Stars. He's a member of NBC's Football Night In America team, often appearing with Bob Costas during the midpoint of each Sunday night game to analyze the action. He even reached the final four on Food Network's Rachel vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. But apparently Hines Ward isn't done branching out to new things, as evidenced by Sunday's episode of The Walking Dead. The AMC zombie fantasy drama featured one bald, frightening zombie that audience members might have recognized (but likely didn't unless they're subscribers to Ward's Facebook or Twitter accounts):
Both his eyebrows and trademark megawatt grin were nowhere to be found. As Ward explained the "amazing experience" to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
"A former Georgia teammate of mine is one of the stars of the show (IroneE Singleton, who played fan-favorite T-Dog), and my agent thought it would be something fun and different for me to do...Just being in makeup preparing me for my role was cool. I actually scared myself when I looked in the mirror for the first time after."
Though Ward may not have been thrilled to walk away from football last season, he's certainly made the most of his first year of retirement. Stay tuned for whatever comes next.
Kim O'Hara is the Associate Editor of TheFootballGirl.com. She is an avid fan of sports in general, but the NFL in particular. She has also been a contributor to ESPN the Magazine. Follow her on Twitter: @KimOHaraTFG
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