Former Steelers receiver is continuing his coaching career at Florida Atlantic University, according to FAU Owl’s Nest.
Ward will join head coach Willie Taggart‘s staff at FAU after spending the last two years as a receivers coach in the NFL with the New York Jets. He was not retained in New York after the team fired head coach Adam Gase.
FAU being interested in Ward is not completely random beyond his big name and football legacy. David Kelly, who is the director of player personnel at FAU, was the running backs coach at Georgia while Ward was in college.
Ward spent the entire NFL career with the Steelers after being drafted in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft. While in Pittsburgh, Ward was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and was named to the Steelers All-Time team. He accumulated 1,000 catches for over 12,083 yards and 85 touchdowns during his career. Ward also won two Super Bowl rings and a Super Bowl MVP.
The former All-Pro receiver turned coach was in the news recently following Julian Edelman’s retirement with people comparing Edelman’s Hall of Fame candidacy to Ward’s. Ward was a semifinalist for the Class of 2021, but was not selected as a finalist.