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.
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
April 18-19, 1998 NFL Draft
The Pittsburgh Steelers take Ward in the 3rd round, 92nd
pick overall of the 1998 draft.
@ 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
vs. Chicago Bears
Ward registers 3 solo tackles playing special teams.
@ Miami Dolphins
One reception for 18 yards and one tackle.
vs. Seattle Seahawks
Ward ties Donta Jones with two solo special teams tackles for a
Steelers team high.
@ 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.
@ 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
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.
@ Tennessee Oilers
Ward catches two passes for 21 yards and has two special teams tackles.
vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Ward has two catches
for 26 yards and one special teams tackle.
@ 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
L 16-19 in OT
@ 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.
@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
One leaping reception for 18 yards.
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.
@ Jacksonville Jaguars
In the season finale, Ward has one catch for 24 yards.
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.