From the gridiron to the soccer field: Hines Ward talks life after retirement



SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - After 14 years as a Pittsburgh Steeler, Hines Ward is settling into a few new roles.

Channel 11's Jennifer Abney went to Ward's home in Georgia to talk life after retirement with the Super Bowl MVP.

Ward said he's now a soccer dad equipped with a "tricked out" soccer van.

"I have a TV in there and they got an Xbox," Ward said.

Making up for lost time with his son is his No. 1 priority, Ward said. He has also spends time with his mother, who lives in a personally decorated apartment attached to his home.

Ward said having his mother next door allows him to enjoy not only her company, but her Korean-style cooking.

"Just the other day I had all of my friends over and she cooked a big Korean dish. Everyone had a blast," said Ward.

Of all the things he'll miss, Ward said it's the fans he already misses the most.

"I was just up there a month ago and it wasn't even football season and I saw someone wearing my jersey. I kind of got a kick out of that. That's Pittsburgh. They just love their Steelers," said Ward.

Ward's home includes a room that he had built specifically for his Steelers memories.

"I lived my dream job. Now I will move on to the next chapter and keep being happy and positive," he said.

As for what's next in terms of his career? Ward said anything's possible. But as for now, he hopes the city of Pittsburgh and Steelers fans around the world will remember him as one of the best.

"My legacy in Pittsburgh, when people mention Hines Ward, I want people to say, 'He was one hell of a football player and one of the greatest to put on the black and gold,'" Ward said.