The Georgia Bulldogs are about to enter an exciting new era under new coach, former Bulldogs defensive back and former Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, but another former Bulldog is also interested in a possible return to Athens.
That Bulldog is former NFL wide receiver Hines Ward, and he discussed the possibility of joining Smart’s staff if a position opened up in a recent TV interview.
“On the college level, it was very intriguing, because I think I have a lot to offer,” Ward said. “I have been where these kids want to go, being a Georgia guy. I live here in Georgia. Georgia is my passion. I think I have a lot to offer. And I always wanted to give back to my University. To give back the knowledge of the game.”
Ward also added how it irked him that Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, who is from Gainesville, Georgia, left the Peach State to go play for the Tigers and how he would work hard to help Smart recruit great players from within the state.
Needless to say, having Ward on Georgia’s staff would be interesting, especially since he and Smart were teammates. Though he made four Pro Bowls and won two Super Bowls as a star wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, he did everything at Georgia from playing receiver to running back to even quarterback. He left Athens with 1,066 rush yards and five touchdowns as well as 144 receptions for 1,965 yards and 11 touchdowns and is easily one of the most beloved players in the program’s history.
Ward has no coaching experience, but appears determined to at least break into it. That said, if Smart does wind up having an opening in the future, don’t be shocked if Ward’s name comes up!
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