Former Steelers great Hines Ward is now a full-time member of the New York Jets coaching staff. The Jets announced the move to make Ward officially an offensive assistant this afternoon after he served as a coaching intern with the team throughout training camp and the preseason.
“He’s actually been added to be part of the coaching staff,” Jets head coach Adam Gates told NewYorkJets.com about the move. “He’s going to be an offensive assistant, he’s going to be working with the wideouts with Shawn so I think that’s a great addition for us. He’s done a lot of really good things with that group, helping out with those guys. I think it was the right time for him. He’s excited about the opportunity,” Gates added.
We’ve hired Hines Ward as an offensive assistant.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) September 2, 2019
Ward has worked closely with Jets wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson and has earned high praise from some of the receivers on the team. “He’s a great resource because he’s done it at a high level consistently,” said receiver Robby Anderson to NewYorkJets.com. “He’s a future Hall of Famer so what more can I ask for? I’m picking his brain, and he’s more so telling me than I’m asking him, and I’m just staying on top of him. He’s just trying to find ways to get me better in each way.”
Ward’s progression up the NFL’s coaching ranks comes after spending most of his post-playing days as an analyst with NBC Sports and CNN. A third-round pick out of Georgia, Ward played 15 seasons for the Steelers, capturing two Super Bowl titles and being named the MVP of Super Bowl XL. Ward is Pittsburgh’s all-time leader in receptions (1,000), receiving yards (12,083) and touchdown catches (85).