Friday, October 19, 2012
Joshua Roberts Van Auker is accused of meeting Ward's personal assistant in Sewickley to collect $15,000 from the retired Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver.
A Brookline man was arrested Thursday, accused of attempting to extort money from retired Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, multiple news sources are reporting. Police charged Joshua Roberts Van Auker, 26, on Thursday with two counts of criminal attempt, court documents show. According to WTAE, Van Auker sent a text message on Wednesday, Oct. 17 to Ward's personal assistant indicating that if he did not receive money, Van Auker would either sell or release materials alleging Ward paid women for sex. Van Auker also demanded $15,000, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, telling Ward through his assistant, "It's called buying silence, brother." The assistant contacted investigators the same day to report Van Auker was …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The Steelers will start preseason play in 2012 without the Pro Bowl receiver.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will have to replace much of their depth and leadership from a year ago. Gone are Aaron Smith, James Farrior, Chris Hoke and Hines Ward and their combined eight Super Bowl titles, 12 AFC championships, five All-Pro honors, seven Pro Bowl selections and a Super Bowl MVP trophy. And joining that list of ex-Steelers could be Mike Wallace, another player with an appearance in both a Super and Pro bowl. Wallace's all-star year came just a season ago, as he led the Steelers with 72 receptions, almost 1,200 receiving yards, and eight touchdown catches—six more than fellow Pro Bowler Antonio Brown, who was signed to a $42.5-million contract extension through the 2017 season on July 27, this year. Wallace is in a contract …
Friday, June 1, 2012
The former Pittsburgh Steeler will serve as an analyst.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Hines Ward is returning to the NFL, but you won't see him on the field. The four-time Pro Bowler who played 14 years for the Pittsburgh Steelers before retiring after the 2011 season has joined NBC Sports Group as an analyst across its NFL, college football and studio programming. As part of the multi-year agreement, Ward will be a regular contributor to Football Night in America; serve as an analyst every Saturday on NBC’s and NBC Sports Network’s college football studio programming with Liam McHugh and Doug Flutie; and will regularly appear on NBC SportsTalk with Mike Florio and Peter King to preview and recap the week in the NFL. “We think Hines is a perfect match for television because he brings with him a unique combination of …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Ward told the press and his fans Tuesday that he 'couldn't fathom putting on another uniform' despite his desire to continue playing football.
"I want to go down as one of the greatest to wear the black and gold," Hines Ward told the press and his fans Tuesday. Ward confirmed he will retire as a Pittsburgh Steeler during a very tearful speech. "My love and passion for this game has given me a good 14 years with the greatest organization in the world here in Pittsburgh," he said. "I've accomplished all that I've set out to and more, but it's my love for the game that makes me want to continue playing. I am a competitor and I would love nothing more than to get to another Super Bowl. "These past few weeks, I've spent a lot of time reading emails, Facebook posts, tweets, letters and cards and as I read them I was really moved by the tremendous outpouring of love, encouragement and …
Friday, July 1, 2011
Terrible Towels waved as Steelers wide receiver and his partner bring home the Mirror Ball.
There were Terrible Towels waving and hips swaying on the stage and in the crowd as western Pennsylvania celebrated the Dancing With the Stars victory of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward and his partner, Kym Johnson.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
"Steelers Nation contacted my office asking for the city to properly thank our hometown hero," Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said.
If you work in downtown Pittsburgh, you may want to stop by the celebratory rally on Thursday in honor of Hines Ward and Kym Johnson’s Dancing With the Stars win. The rally will be held at noon in front of the Pittsburgh City-County Building Portico, located at 414 Grant Street. “City residents and the Steelers Nation have contacted my office asking for the city to properly thank our hometown hero for once again shining the spotlight on Pittsburgh,” Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said in a statement. Ravenstahl will officially declare June 30 as Hines Ward and Kym Johnson Day in the city of Pittsburgh. Ward and Johnson will attend the event. Pittsburgh Steelers announcers Craig Wolfley and Tunch Ilkin will serve as the emcees. Fans are encouraged…
Monday, May 23, 2011
One of these trophies can be yours for only $2,500.
The national media is buzzing with speculation over who will end up with the prized mirrorball trophy on this season's "Dancing With the Stars" finale—with fans from across the country pulling for the Black and Gold's own Hines Ward to pull out the win. Locally, even Sarris Candies has entered into the fun with two huge replicas of the big prize—made of the Canonsburg shop's famous chocolate, of course. But if you want one of your own, make sure to bring your checkbook: The price tag is $2,500 and $3,000, respectively. Ward and Co. performed their final dances tonight, with the new winner being crowned Tuesday on the results show.