Hines Ward Wins "Dancing With the Stars," Continuing Traditon of Athlete Winners

Hines Ward Wins “Dancing With the Stars,” Continuing Traditon of Athlete Winners

Hines Ward won the 12th edition of "Dancing With the Stars" beating out fellow celebrity finalists, Kirstie Alley and Chelsea Kane. The win by the current Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver marks the sixth time in 12 seasons that a former or current athlete has won the mirror ball trophy. Previous winners include Shawn Johnson (gymnastics), Kristi Yamaguchi (figure skating), Hélio Castroneves (IRL Racing), Emmitt Smith (NFL) and Apolo Anton Ohno (speed skating). Runner-up athletes include NFL stars Jerry Rice, Warren Sapp and Jason Taylor, as well as figure skater, Evan Lysacek.

While Ward is already one of the most-collected on the Steelers' roster, winning such a mainstream dancing contest as an active player may lead to further interest in his cards and memorabilia.

Ward has developed a reputation around the NFL for being a tough and, at times, dirty player in his 13 NFL seasons. The four-time All-Star has won two championships with the Steelers and was named the Super Bowl XL MVP.

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Hines Ward Sports Illustrated (November 15, 2004) Pittsburgh Steelers
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1999 Collector's Edge Fury #142 Hines Ward - NM-MT
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1999 Bowman Chrome Refractors #86 Hines Ward - NM-MT
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1999 Collector's Edge Masters #149 Hines Ward 5000 - NM-MT
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1999 Donruss #103 Hines Ward - NM-MT
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1999 Fleer Focus #42 Hines Ward - NM-MT
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1999 Metal Universe #123 Hines Ward - NM-MT
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1999 Ultra #229 Hines Ward - NM-MT

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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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