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Well-schooled Ward earned advanced football degree in college

Steelers receiver Hines Ward, who played several positions on offense in college, became a smart football player out of necessity, Bill Williamson writes. NFL coaches have noticed.

Originally Published: July 1, 2008
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com

Hines Ward figures he had no choice but to be a bright football player.

At Georgia, Ward played quarterback, tailback, wide receiver and returned punts, so he had to know the intricacies of almost every aspect of the offense.

Ward entered the NFL with a mind full of offensive information as a third-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ward, who has four Pro Bowl appearances and a Super Bowl MVP under his belt, hates to say the transition to the NFL was easy, but well, with a ...

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