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1998 - Draft and 1st Year


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    Hines Ward, WR for the University of Georgia Bulldogs where Ward's 149 career receptions for 1,965 yards placed him second in Bulldog team history.  Also played QB position in both high school and college.  
4/13/98   Just prior to the draft in 1998 CNN/SI called Ward "One of the more versatile players in this draft"..."a very explosive player. He combines speed and quickness..."  
April 18-19, 1998 NFL Draft   The Pittsburgh Steelers take Ward in the 3rd round, 92nd pick overall of the 1998 draft.  
9/6/98 @ Baltimore Ravens Wearing #15 during his rookie year, Ward has his first career reception against the Baltimore Ravens on a 12-yard pass from Kordell Stewart. W 20-13
9/13/98 vs. Chicago Bears Ward registers 3 solo tackles playing special teams. W 12-17
9/20/98 @ Miami Dolphins One reception for 18 yards and one tackle. L 0-21
9/27/98 vs. Seattle Seahawks Ward ties Donta Jones with two solo special teams tackles for a Steelers team high. W 13-10
10/11/98 @ Cincinnati Bengals Ward shows a strong special teams performance including two special teams tackles.  He also downs a fourth-quarter Josh Miller punt at the Bengals one-yard line that leads to a Steelers' field goal late in the game. L 20-25
10/26/98 @ Kansas City Chiefs Showing his QB skills from his high school and college days, Ward completes a pass to QB Kordell Stewart for 17 yards.  One special teams tackle also achieved.  Lines up on several four receiver sets. W 20-13
11/9/98 vs. Green Bay Packers Ward catches two passes for 56 yards, including one covering 45 yards late in the second quarter that led to a touchdown.  Showing his blocking abilities, Ward blocks on Kordell Stewart's 30-yard run in the first quarter that set up a Steelers' touchdown. Five special teams tackles made, including three solo.  This game was his best at this point of his rookie season, showcasing both his receiving and blocking talents. W 27-20
11/15/98 @ Tennessee Oilers Ward catches two passes for 21 yards and has two special teams tackles. L 14-23
11/22/98 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Ward has two catches for 26 yards and one special teams tackle. W 30-15
11/26/98 @ Detroit Lions In this Thanksgiving Day game, Ward leads the team with four special teams tackles, including two solo tackles.  He also has two receptions for 35 yards, including a long play of 25 yards. L 16-19 in OT
12/6/98 @ New England Patriots Ward has two receptions for 19 yards, with another strong game on special teams, finishing with three special teams tackles, two solo. L 9-23
12/13/98 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers One leaping reception for 18 yards. L 3-16
12/20/98 Vs. Cincinnati Bengals Ward has one reception for 17 yards.  He also has his first carry of the season when he runs a reverse for 13 yards.  Ward also makes a sensational play on a Bengals' punt, keeping the ball out of the end zone in the 2nd quarter, downing it at the two-yard line that helps lead the Steelers to a touchdown when Carnell Lake returns an interception 27 yards for the score. L 24-25
12/28/98 @ Jacksonville Jaguars In the season finale, Ward has one catch for 24 yards.   L 3-21
Recap   Ward not only led the team in yards-per-catch but also in special teams tackles for the Steelers in his rookie year.  He finished the season with 15 catches for 246 yards and averaged a team-high 16.4 yards per reception.  Ward also has 13 yards rushing.  Showing his QB skills from his high school and college days, Ward also completed a pass to QB Kordell Stewart for 17 yards.  As a member of special teams, he registered 28 total tackles, which ranked second on the team, just one shy of Steelers' leader John Fiala's 29.  He also had four downed punts inside the 10-yard line and two saved punts inside the 20. 7-9 Season


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