PRO (217-190/18-16): Signed an extension during the 2009 offseason to keep him with the team through 2013…signed a four-year extension during the 2005 training camp…signed a five-year contract in 2001… is one of the top receivers in the NFL and is the longest-tenured wide receiver with the same team in the league…is a four-time Pro Bowl selection (2002-2005)…is the team’s all-time leader in receptions (954), receiving yards (11,702) and receiving touchdowns (83)…is the only Steeler to have at least 800 career catches and over 11,000 receiving yards…became the only receiver in Steelers’ history to surpass 1,000 receiving yards for four straight seasons (2001-2004)…has team records for receptions in a season (112), which he set in 2002…posted 12 TD receptions in 2003 to tie Louis Lipps’ (1985) and Buddy Dail’s team record…caught a pass in a team-record 186 games, which ended during the 2010 season…named the Steelers’ 2008 Walter Payton Man of the Year…was named to the Steelers’ 75th Season All-Time Team during the 2007 season…earned Super Bowl XL MVP honors after finishing with a game-high 123 receiving yards on five receptions with one touchdown…was named the Steelers’ co-MVP in 2005 (along with Casey Hampton) and 2002 (with Joey Porter), and outright in 2003…named to Associated Press’ All-Pro second team in both 2004 and 2003…led the Steelers in receptions for 10 years from 1999-2009 (tied with Troy Edwards in 1999)…originally drafted by Pittsburgh in the third round (92nd overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft.
2011 (15-9/1-0): 9/11 at Baltimore: Started the game to record his 14th season playing for the Steelers, which is the second-most seasons played in team history…made his 182nd career start at WR…had five receptions for 67 yards, including a long of 31…9/18 vs. Seattle: Started at WR…had four receptions for 33 yards…9/25 at Indianapolis: Started at WR…had three receptions for 17 yards, including a long of 11 yards…10/2 at Houston: Started at WR…had one reception for 19 yards…moved past Hall of Famer Don Maynard to rank 20th in NFL history in receiving yards (11,838)… 10/9 vs. Tennessee: Started at WR…had a game-high seven catches for 54 yards and two touchdowns…marked his 16th career multi-touchdown game during the regular season…marked the third multi-touchdown game versus Tennessee, which is tied for the most against one team (Cincinnati)…it was the first time he had a multi-touchdown game since 11/9/09 at Denver…10/16 vs. Jacksonville: Saw action at WR…had three receptions for 47 yards…now has 11,939 receiving yards, moving past Hall of Famer Michael Irvin (11,904) to rank 19th in NFL history in receiving yards…10/23 at Arizona: Saw action at WR…had three receptions for 21 yards...10/30/11 vs. New England: Was inactive due to an ankle injury, snapping his streak of 55 consecutive games played…11/6/11 vs. Baltimore: Played in his 210th career game, starting at WR, after missing one game due to an ankle injury…left the game in the second quarter with concussion-like symptoms and did not return…11/13 at Cincinnati: Saw action at WR…had one reception for 10 yards…11/27 at Kansas City: Started at WR…had four receptions for 21yards…12/4 vs. Cincinnati: Saw action at WR…recorded a team-high five receptions for 30 yards…reached 12,021 career receiving yards, becoming the first Steeler and 19th player in NFL history to reach 12,000 career receiving yards…became the third player in league history to reach 12,000 career receiving yards and win multiple Super Bowls (Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Art Monk)…12/8 vs. Cleveland: Saw action at WR…had one reception for six yards…12/19 at San Francisco: Saw action at WR but did not record a catch…12/24 vs. St. Louis: Started at WR…tied for the team-high with four receptions for 32 yards…1/1 at Cleveland: Started at WR…had five catches for 24 yards…reached 1,000 catches for his career, becoming the first Steeler and the eighth player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career receptions…joined Hall of Famer Jerry Rice as the only two players to reach 1,000 career receptions and win multiple Super Bowls…passed Derrick Mason (12,061) for the 18th most receiving yards in NFL history with 12,083…AFC Wild Card 1/8 at Denver: Played in his 18th career postseason contest, tying Larry Brown (1972-1983) for the fourth-most postseason games played in franchise history.
2010 (16-15/3-2): Played in all 16 games, starting 15 of them at WR…caught his 900th career pass and became the first Steelers wide receiver to surpass 11,000 receiving yards and is just the fifth player in NFL history to have 11,000 receiving yards…broke the team record for 100-yard receiving games (Ward now has 29 for his career), previously held by Hall-of-Fame WR John Stallworth…had his team-record streak of 186 consecutive games with a reception snapped, which is the third-longest streak in NFL history…finished the season second on the team with 59 receptions for 755 yards and five touchdowns…it was the first season since 1999 that Ward did not lead the team in receptions…played in all three postseason contests, starting two of them…finished with 12 catches for a team-high 117 yards and a team-high two touchdowns…9/12 vs. Atlanta: Had six receptions for 108 yards…caught his 900th career pass…became first Steelers wide receiver ever to surpass 11,000 receiving yards…also broke the team record for 100-yard receiving games (26) previously held by Hall-of-Fame WR John Stallworth...9/19 at Tennessee: Had one catch for nine yards…9/26 at Tampa Bay: Finished with three catches for 34 yards and one touchdown…had a nine-yard touchdown prior to halftime, which was his first of the season…marked his 80th career touchdown (79 receiving, one rushing), tying him with former RB Jerome Bettis for second on the team’s all-time touchdowns list…10/3 vs. Baltimore: Finished with two catches for 14 yards…10/17 vs. Cleveland: Started his 170th career game at wide receiver…finished with five catches for 54 yards and one touchdown…hauled in an eight-yard touchdown in the third quarter, his second of the season…it was his 81st career touchdown (80 receiving, one rushing), moving him into sole possession of second place on the team’s all-time touchdowns’ list…he trails only Franco Harris, who finished his Steelers’ career with 100 touchdowns…10/24 at Miami: Finished with a season-high 131 yards receiving on seven catches with one touchdown…his 131 yards receiving are the most since he had 159 receiving yards versus Cleveland on Oct. 18, 2009…posted his 27th career 100-yard receiving game, which is the most in team history and his second this season…had a season-long 43-yard reception in the first quarter, his longest since a 54-yard catch against the Green Bay Packers on Dec. 20, 2009…hauled in a 21-yard touchdown from Roethlisberger in the second quarter…became just the fifth player in team history to post more than 500 career points, as he now has 502…10/31 at New Orleans: Finished with three catches for 15 yards…11/8 at Cincinnati: Finished with three catches for 10 yards…caught an eight-yard touchdown from QB Ben Roethlisberger late in the first half giving him four on the season and 15 career touchdowns against the Bengals, which is the most TDs for Ward against any single opponent…11/14 vs. New England: Had his streak of 186 consecutive games with at least one reception snapped after leaving the first half with a concussion…streak started on November 9, 1998 versus the Green Bay Packers…and is the third-longest streak in NFL history…11/21 vs. Oakland: Finished with three receptions for 28 yards…11/28 at Buffalo: Finished with a game-high 107 yards receiving on seven catches…posted his third 100-yard receiving game of the season and 28th of his career…12/5 at Baltimore: Had one catch for 13 yards…12/12 vs. Cincinnati: Finished with a game-high 115 yards receiving on eight catches, including a long of 29 yards…marked his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the year and 29th of his career…12/19 vs. New York Jets: Played in his 200th career game, and started his 180th career game at WR…had two receptions for 34 yards…12/23 vs. Carolina: Did not start, but saw action at WR…caught three passes for 38 yards…1/2 at Cleveland: Finished with five catches for 45 yards with one touchdown…caught a three-yard touchdown pass from WR Antwaan Randle El in the third quarter, his fifth receiving touchdown of the season and 83rd of his career…AFC Divisional Game 1/15 vs. Baltimore: Started his 15th career playoff contest at WR…finished with three catches for 25 yards with one touchdown…hauled in an eight-yard touchdown in the third quarter, giving him nine for his career in the postseason, tying him for second on the team’s all-time postseason list with Lynn Swann…tied the team postseason record for consecutive games with a reception at 15, tying John Stallworth on the team’s all-time postseason list…AFC Championship Game 1/23 vs. New York Jets: Played in his 15th career postseason contest at WR…had two catches for 14 yards…has now caught a pass in 16 consecutive postseason games, one shy of tying Hall of Famer John Stallworth’s club record of 17…Super Bowl XLV 2/6 vs. Green Bay: Had seven catches for 78 yards and one touchdown…caught an eight-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger prior to halftime…has now caught a pass in 17 consecutive games, tying him with Hall of Famer John Stallworth for consecutive playoff games with at least one reception at 17.
2009 (16-16): Started all 16 games for the first time since 2004…became the first wide receiver in team history to reach 10,000 career receiving yards and became only the fifth player to reach 10,000 receiving yards with one team…his 95 receptions were eighth best in the NFL and was tied for ninth in the league in receiving yards…tied a team-record for career 100-yard receiving games…had his club-best sixth 1,000-yard receiving season…named the Steelers’ Ed Block Courage Award Winner…9/10 vs. Tennessee: Made his 150th career start at WR…caught eight passes for 103 yards (12.9 avg.) with a long of 30…was his 21st career 100-yard receiving game in the regular season…9/20 at Chicago: Made his 14th consecutive start at WR…caught a team-high six passes for 57 yards (9.5 avg.) with a long of 21…9/27 at Cincinnati: Made his 15th consecutive start at WR…caught four passes for 82 yards (20.5 avg.) with a season-long 41-yard reception…became the first receiver in team history to have 10,000 receiving yards when he made a 14-yard reception in the second quarter (10,022)…has now caught a pass in a team-record 165 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL…10/4 vs. San Diego: Made his 16th consecutive start at WR…caught 8 passes for 113 yards (14.1 avg.) with a long of 26 yards...was his 22nd career 100-yard receiving game in the regular season…10/11 at Detroit: Made his 17th consecutive start at WR…caught seven passes for 85 yards (12.1 avg.) with a long of 21 yards and one touchdown…10/18 vs. Cleveland: Made his 18th consecutive start at WR…caught eight passes for 159 yards (19.9 avg.) with a season-long touchdown of 52 yards…had his 23rd career 100-yard receiving game…marked his third all-time highest receiving game…10/25 vs. Minnesota: Made his 19th consecutive start at WR…caught one pass for three yards…11/9 at Denver: Made his 20th consecutive start at WR…caught seven passes for 44 yards (6.3 avg.) with a long of 18…caught two touchdown passes from QB Ben Roethlisberger…marked as his 16th career multi-touchdown game…11/15 vs. Cincinnati: Made his 21st consecutive start at WR…caught four passes for 24 yards (6.0 avg.) with a long of 11…11/22 at Kansas City: Made his 22nd consecutive start at WR…caught 10 passes for 128 yards (12.8 avg.) with one touchdown…posted his 24th career 100-yard receiving game and fourth of the season…11/29 at Baltimore: Made his 23rd consecutive start at WR…caught three passes for 47 yards (15.7 avg.) with a long of 22…12/6 vs. Oakland: Made his 24th consecutive start at WR…caught six passes for 77 yards (12.8 avg.) and one touchdown...has 484 career points, moving him into fifth place on the team’s all-time scoring list ahead of Jerome Bettis, who finished his career with 482 points as a Steeler…12/10 at Cleveland: Made his 25th consecutive start at WR…caught four passes for 21 yards (5.3 avg.) with a long of nine…12/20 vs. Green Bay: Made his 26th consecutive start at WR…caught seven passes for 126 yards (18.0 avg.) with a long of 54…eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark of the season, marking the second straight year he accomplished the feat, giving him six career 1,000-yard receiving season, the most in team history…caught a pass in his team-record 176th consecutive game…12/27 vs. Baltimore: Made his 27th consecutive start at WR…caught four passes for 37 yards with a long of 13..caught a pass in his 177th consecutive game…1/3 at Miami: Made his 28th consecutive start at WR…caught eight passes for 61 yards (7.6 avg.) with a long of 13…caught a pass in his 178th consecutive game, moving him into fifth place ahead of Steve Largent in NFL history.
2008 (16-14/3-3): Played in all 16 regular-season games, making 14 starts...named Steelers’ Walter Payton Man of the Year...finished the season with 81 receptions for 1,043 yards (12.9 avg.) with seven touchdowns...was the fifth 1,000-yard season of his career, and his first since 2004...surpassed 9,000 receiving yards for his career (9,780)...his final reception of the year in the regular-season finale against the Browns gave him 800 for his career, extending his team record...became the first receiver in team history to surpass 10,000 career total yards from scrimmage (10,210)...his four 100-yard receiving performances gave him 20 for his career, moving him past Louis Lipps (16) into sole possession of second place on the team’s all-time list...his 11 receptions on November 16 against the Chargers were a season high and the second-highest single-game total (tied) of his career...extended his team record to 162 consecutive games with a reception...started all three postseason games...finished with nine postseason receptions for 168 yards (18.7 avg.)...became the second player in franchise history (John Stallworth) to surpass 1,000 career postseason receiving yards (1,064)...became the first player in team postseason history to catch 70 passes in the postseason (76)...has caught a pass in 14 straight postseason games, the second-longest streak in team history...9/7 vs. Houston: Made his 136th career start in his 155th career game...caught six passes for 76 yards (12.7 avg.) with two touchdowns... was his 15th career multiple-touchdown performance... his two touchdown receptions increased his career total to 67...9/14 at Cleveland: Made his 137th career start at WR...tied for the team lead with five receptions for 59 yards (11.8 avg.) with one touchdown... his touchdown increased his career total to68...was his third consecutive game with a touchdown reception versus Cleveland...9/21 at Philadelphia: Played in his 157th game at WR...had four catches for 34 yards (8.5 avg.) with a long of 16...9/29 vs. Baltimore: Played in his 158th game at WR...caught two passes for 57 yards (28.5 avg.) with a long of 49 yards...10/5 at Jacksonville: Made his 138th career start at WR...caught seven passes for 90 yards (12.9 avg.) and scored the game winning touchdown on an eight-yard pass with 1:53 remaining in the game...was his team-leading fourth touchdown reception of the year and 69th of his career, extending his team record...surpassed 9,000 yards for his career (9,053), the most in franchise history...10/19 at Cincinnati: Played in his 160th career game...caught four passes for 60 yards (15.0 avg.) with his team-leading fifth touchdown reception of the season...his 16-yard touchdown reception from Byron Leftwich in the fourth quarter extended his team record to 70 career touchdown receptions...10/26 vs. New York Giants: Made his 140th career start at WR...caught three passes for 30 yards (10.0 avg.) with a long of 14...11/3 at Washington: Made his fourth consecutive start at WR...tied for the team lead with three receptions for 39 yards (13.0 avg.) with a long of 14 yards...11/9 vs. Indianapolis: Made his fifth consecutive start at WR...caught eight passes for 112 yards (14.0 avg.)... had one rush for four yards...was his first 100-yard game of the season, and the 17th of his career, giving him sole possession of second place on the team’s all time moving him ahead of Louis Lipps...11/16 vs. San Diego: Made his sixth consecutive start at WR... established season highs with 11 receptions for 124 yards (11.3 avg.) with a long of 30 yards...was his 18th career 100-yard receiving game and his second consecutive...11/20 vs. Cincinnati: Played in his 165th career game...had one reception for 37 yards...11/30 at New England: Made his 145th career start at WR...finished with a team-high five receptions for 37 yards (7.4 avg.) with one touchdown...12/7 vs. Dallas: Made his ninth consecutive start at WR...finished with one catch for two yards...12/14 at Baltimore: Made his 10th consecutive start at WR...finished with a game-high 107 yards receiving on eight receptions (13.4 avg.), including a long of 30 yards...was his 19th career 100-yard receiving game and his third in 2008... became the first receiver in team history to reach 10,000 career total yards from scrimmage (10,031)...caught three passes for 36 yards on the team’s game winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter...12/21 at Tennessee: Made his 11th consecutive start at WR...finished with 109 yards receiving on seven receptions (15.6 avg.) and one touchdown, his second straight 100-yard receiving game and the 20th of his career...12/28 vs. Cleveland: Played in his 170th career game and made his 12th consecutive start at WR... finished with six catches for 70 yards (11.7 avg.) with a long of 24 yards...his six catches gave him 800 for his career, making him the only receiver in team history to catch at least 800 passes...finished the season with 1,043 receiving yards, marking his fifth career 1,000-yard receiving season and his first since 2004... extended his team record to 162 consecutive games with a reception...AFC Divisional Game 1/11 vs. San Diego: Made his 12th consecutive postseason start at WR...caught four passes for 70 yards (17.5 avg.) with a long of 41 yards...moved into second place on the team’s all-time list for receiving yards in the postseason ahead of Lynn Swann, with 966 career postseason yards...became the first receiver in team history to post at least 70 catches in the postseason with 71...AFC Championship Game 1/18 vs. Baltimore: Made his 13th consecutive postseason start at WR...caught three passes for 55 yards (18.3 avg.) before leaving in the first half with a knee injury...hauled in a 45-yard pass on third-and-12 on the first possession of the game...with that catch, Ward became the second player in team history to post at least 1,000 career postseason receiving yards (1,021)...Super Bowl XLIII 2/1 vs. Arizona: Made his 14th consecutive postseason start at WR...caught two passes for 43 yards (21.5 avg.) with a long of 38 yards on the Steelers’ second play from scrimmage...has caught a pass in 14 straight postseason games, the second-longest streak in team history.
2007 (13-13/1-1): Started 13 games and the playoff loss to Jacksonville…was inactive Weeks 4 and 5 due to a knee injury…sat out the season finale in Baltimore…led the team in receptions with 71 for 732 yards (10.3 avg.) and seven touchdowns…extended his own team record by now catching a pass in 146 straight games and counting (3rd longest streak among active players)…became the team’s all-time leader in receiving yards in the Week 16 win over the Rams surpassing John Stallworth, who finished with 8,723 yards…his two touchdown receptions in the Week 13 win over the Bengals gave him 64 for his career, moving him past Stallworth (63) for first on the team’s all-time list…his 11 receptions in that same game tied the second-highest single-game total of his career…became the first player in team history to record over 700 career catches (719 and counting)…caught 10 passes for a playoff career-high 135 yards in the loss to Jacksonville…that marked his fifth career 100-yard game and his second straight...9/9 at Cleveland: Started at WR and hauled in three catches for 51 yards (17.0 avg.) with a 24-yard long, while adding one TD…caught at least one pass for the 134th straight game...9/16 vs. Buffalo: Started at WR and had five catches for 55 yards (11.0 avg.) with a 21-yard long…extended his streak to 135 consecutive games with a catch...9/23 vs. San Francisco: Extended his streak to 136 consecutive games with at least one catch…registered one catch for two yards and one rush for seven yards, before leaving with an injury...9/30 at Arizona: Was inactive due to a knee injury…10/7 vs. Seattle: Was inactive due to a knee injury…10/21 at Denver: Returned to action and started at WR…led the team with seven receptions and 78 yards receiving (11.1 avg.) including an 18-yard long…continued his streak of 137 consecutive games with at least one catch…10/28 at Cincinnati: Started at WR and led the team in receptions with eight catches for 88 yards (11.0 avg.) and two TDs…his two TDs marked the 11th multi-TD game of his career and the first of the season…went over 60 career TD receptions (61), pulling him within two TDs of John Stallworth (63) for the most receiving TDs by a Steelers’ WR…pulled within four points of John Stallworth for seventh place on the Steelers’ all-time scoring leaders list…11/5 vs. Baltimore: Started in his 128th career game at WR…finished with four catches for 28 yards (7.0 avg.)…extended his team record to 139 straight games with at least one catch...11/11 vs. Cleveland: Made his fourth consecutive start at WR…finished with a game-high seven catches for 80 yards (11.4 avg.) with one TD…caught a 12-yard TD pass from Ben Roethlisberger in the third quarter…his TD catch gave him 62 career TD catches, leaving him one shy of tying the Steeler’s all-time record…11/18 at New York Jets: Made his 130th career start at WR…recorded two catches for 47 yards (23.5 avg.) including a 25-yard long…continued his streak of 141 consecutive games with at least one reception...11/26 vs. Miami: Played in his 150th career game and started at WR for the 131st game…had a team-high and season-high nine catches for 99 yards (9.8 avg.) with a long of 21 yards…extended his team record of 142 straight games with at least one catch...12/2 vs. Cincinnati: Started his 151st game at WR…finished with a season-high 11 receptions for 90 yards (8.2 avg.) with two TDs, which marked his second multi-TD game of the season and the 14th of his career…had a two-yard reception in the second quarter…hauled in an eight-yard TD pass from Roethlisberger to become the team’s all-time leader in receiving TDs with 64 for his career…extended his team record of 143 straight games with at least one catch…12/9 at New England: Played in his 152nd career game at WR…finished with five catches for 39 yards (7.8 avg.), including a 13-yard long…also rushed one time for no yards…continued his streak to 144 consecutive games with at least one catch...12/16 vs. Jacksonville: Made his 134th career start and finished with three catches for 27 yards (9.0 avg.) with one TD…extended his team record to 145 straight games with at least one catch…also had one rush for four yards...12/20 at St. Louis: Made his 135th career start at WR…finished with a team high six catches for 59 yards (9.8 avg.), including a 19-yard long…passed John Stallworth, becoming the Steelers’ all-time leader in receiving yards with 8,737...12/30 at Baltimore: Was inactive...AFC WILD CARD 1/5/08 vs. Jacksonville: Registered his 11th consecutive postseason start at WR…tallied a team-high 10 catches for 135 yards (13.5 avg.)…his 135 receiving yards were a new career high…this performance marked his fifth career postseason 100-yard receiving game and his second straight in the postseason…caught a 31-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger on the Steelers’ first drive of the game, which was his longest catch of the season.
2006 (14-14): Led the team in receptions (74) and receiving yards (975)…hauled in a team-high six touchdowns…missed two games with a knee injury late in the season…9/7 vs. Miami: Caught a pass in the 120th consecutive game…finished with a team-high five receptions for 53 yards (10.6 avg.) and a long of 19…hauled in a seven-yard touchdown pass from Charlie Batch…9/18 at Jacksonville: Started at FL and caught two passes for 29 yards with a long of 18…9/24 vs. Cincinnati: Started at FL…had two receptions for 17 yards and a long of 11 yards…caught at least one pass in his team-record 122nd consecutive game…10/8 at San Diego: Had a team-leading four receptions for 49 yards (12.3 avg.) and a long of 24…10/15 vs. Kansas City: Grabbed five balls for 59 yards (11.8 avg.) and a long of 28…caught a 13-yard touchdown in the second quarter to give the Steelers a 28-0 lead…touchdown gave him 338 career points, tying Kris Brown for eighth place on the Steelers all-time list…10/22 at Atlanta: Played one of the best games against his hometown team…set new career highs in yards (171) and touchdowns (3) in a game…caught eight passes for a 21.4 average…scored on a 70-yard catch in which he lost his shoe…added TD catches of 11 and 17 yards…passed Kris Brown (338) for eighth place on the Steelers all-time scoring list with 356 points…eight catches give him 600 for his career, becoming the first Steelers player to record 600 receptions…10/29 at Oakland: Had game highs with eight catches and 81 yards for a 10.1 average…had a long catch of 27 yards…11/5 vs. Denver: Caught seven passes for a team-high 127 yards (18.1 avg.) and a long of 63 yards…marked the 16th career 100-yard game, tying for second with Louis Lipps on the Steelers' all-time list…11/12 vs. New Orleans: Had five receptions for 86 yards (17.2 avg.) and a touchdown…scored on a 37-yard run and catch to give the Steelers and early 7-0 lead…11/19 at Cleveland: Had team highs with seven catches and 81 yards (11.6 avg.) and a long of 23…had a 21-yard reception that helped the team keep the game-winning drive alive…suffered a knee injury but continued to play through the pain…11/26 at Baltimore: Started despite suffering a hyper-extended knee in the previous game…caught four passes for 33 yards (8.3 avg.) and a long of 12…12/3 vs. Tampa Bay: Was inactive due to a knee injury…12/7 vs. Cleveland: Was inactive due to a knee injury…12/17 at Carolina: Started after missing two games with a knee injury…caught a team-high four passes for 59 yards (14.8 avg.) with a long of 21…12/24 vs. Baltimore: Caught a game-high eight receptions for 79 yards (9.9 avg.) with a long of 17…12/31 at Cincinnati: Had five receptions for 51 yards (10.2 avg.) with a long of 17...has caught a pass in 133 consecutive games…rushed once for nine yards, passing Louis Lipps (388) as the Steelers' all-time leading rushing wide receiver with 394…broke 8,000 yards receiving, joining John Stallworth as the only Steelers' players to achieve feat.
2005 (15-15/4-4): Named team co-MVP (along with Casey Hampton) after leading the team in receptions (69), receiving yards (975) and touchdowns (11)…finished the season with three multi-touchdown and four 100-yard receiving games…his 14.1 receiving average was his highest since 2000…ranked second (tied) in the AFC and third (tied) in the NFL with his 11 touchdown receptions…named Super Bowl XL MVP after finishing with 123 receiving yards on five receptions with one touchdown…9/11 vs. Tennessee: Started and caught two passes for 25 yards…9/18 at Houston: Started and caught a pass in team-record 106th consecutive game…led team with six receptions, 84 receiving yards (14.0 avg.) and two TDs…caught two touchdowns in a single game for the seventh time in his career…9/25 vs. New England: Started at wide receiver and caught four passes for 110 yards (27.5 avg.)…caught two touchdowns in a game for the second straight week and eighth time in his career…stretched his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 107…his first touchdown catch went for a career-long 85 yards…caught his second TD with 1:21 remaining to tie the score at 20-20…10/10 at San Diego: Led all Steelers with six receptions for 83 yards (13.8 avg.), including a long of 33 yards…108th consecutive game with a reception…10/16 vs. Jacksonville: Missed the first game in his career with a hamstring injury, snapping his consecutive games played (116) and games started (83) streak…10/23 at Cincinnati: Returned after missing the first game of his career…caught three passes for 35 yards (11.7 avg.), with a long of 18 and a four-yard touchdown…also had one rush for four yards…10/31 vs. Baltimore: Finished with eight catches for 75 yards…11/6 at Green Bay: Started his 100th career game and caught one pass for 12 yards…threw a key block to spring Antwaan Randle El on a 43-yard rush on the team's first play from scrimmage…extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 111 and moved to within three receptions of breaking John Stallworth's career record for catches (537)…11/13 vs. Cleveland: Made Steelers' history with a 15-yard reception late in the second quarter to break John Stallworth's reception record (537)…finished with eight catches to give him 543 for his career…his eight catches went for 124 yards (15.5 avg.), including a 51-yard touchdown reception on a throw from Antwaan Randle El…earned AFC Player of the Week honors…could have had two more touchdowns but one was reversed after an official's review, and on the other he was ruled down at the one-yard line…11/20 at Baltimore: Caught a team-high six passes for 81 yards (13.5 avg.) and a long of 32…extended his streak of games with a reception to 113…11/28 at Indianapolis: Caught three passes for 28 yards (9.3 avg.), including a 12-yard touchdown reception from QB Ben Roethlisberger in the first quarter for the only Steelers' score of the game…12/4 vs. Cincinnati: Extended his streak to 115 straight games with at least one reception…had season highs in catches (9) and yards (135) for a 15.0 average yards per catch…caught a long of 31 and had two touchdowns, marking the third time this season he had multiple touchdown catches in a game, ninth multiple touchdown game in his career…also rushed once for seven yards…was the 13th game in his career to have over 100-yards receiving…his second touchdown, a six-yard catch, was the 50th touchdown reception in his career…12/11 vs. Chicago: Caught three passes for 27 yards (9.0 avg.)...his longest catch went for a 14-yard touchdown in which he broke a few tackles and dove into the end zone...tied Lynn Swann for the second place in Steelers' history for receiving touchdowns with 51…12/18 at Minnesota: Caught two passes for 11 yards and a long of 11…threw a key block on Heath Miller's 50-yard reception…extended his streak to 117 straight games with at least one reception…12/24 at Cleveland: Caught seven passes for 105 yards (15.0) and one touchdown with a long of 32…tied a career high with his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season…surpassed Lynn Swann for second place in Steelers' history with 52 TD receptions…1/1 vs. Detroit: Caught one pass for 40 yards to extend his streak of consecutive games with at least one reception to 119…surpassed the 7,000-yard career receiving mark, becoming only the second Steeler to accomplish the feat (John Stallworth)…AFC Wild Card Game 1/8 at Cincinnati: Caught two passes for 10 yards, including a 5-yard TD reception…extended streak to five consecutive postseason games with at least one TD catch…TD was his sixth career TD reception…AFC Divisional Game 1/15 at Indianapolis: Caught three passes for 68 (22.7 avg.) and a long of 45…had a reception for the eighth straight game in the postseason…AFC Championship Game 1/22 at Denver: Caught five passes for 59 yards (11.8 avg.) and one TD…had a long reception of 21 yards…rushed one time for four yards…Super Bowl XL 2/5 vs. Seattle: Caught five passes for 123 yards (24.6 avg.) and a 43-yard touchdown…was named Super Bowl XL MVP…also rushed once for 18 yards…caught a 37 yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger down to the Seahawk's three-yard line on third-and-28…marked the 10th straight postseason game with a reception.
2004 (16-16/2-2): Selected to the 2005 Pro Bowl, his fourth straight trip...also earned Associated Presssecond-team All-Pro honors for the second consecutive season…led the team for the fifth straight season (tied for lead in 1999) with 80 receptions for 1,004 yards, his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season…led the team in the postseason with consecutive 100-yard receiving games…finished the postseason with an impressive 15 receptions for 214 yards and two TDs…caught four TD passes and scored first career rushing TD...9/12 vs. Oakland: Led the team with seven receptions for 99 yards (14.1 avg.), including a long of 39 yards...9/19 at Baltimore: Had one of the best games of his career, catching six passes for 151 yards, his second-highest receiving yardage total…recorded his ninth 100-yard receiving game...produced his then second-highest per-catch average (25.2)...9/26 at Miami: Led the team for the third straight game and just fell short of another 100-yard receiving performance…made a spectacular catch for the only TD of the game when he went low for a pass from Ben Roethlisberger and held on…finished with a season-high nine catches for 96 yards (10.7 avg.), including a long of 24 yards...10/3 vs. Cincinnati: Led the team for the fourth straight game with six receptions for 48 yards…also had one carry for 10 yards...10/10 vs. Cleveland: Tied Plaxico Burress for team honors with six receptions for 61 yards (10.2 avg.)...10/17 at Dallas: Led the team for the fifth time in six games with nine receptions for 76 yards…averaged 8.4 yards a reception...10/31 vs. New England: Tied Antwaan Randle El for a team high with six receptions for 58 yards…had one rush for 11 yards...11/7 vs. Philadelphia: Scored his first TD since the Sept. 26 Miami game…finished with two TDs—one rushing and one on a reception…moved into fourth place on the Steelers' all-time list for TD receptions (40), passing Louis Lipps…had two receptions for 32 yards, including a long of 20…also had one rushing attempt for 16 yards and the first rushing TD of his career...11/14 at Cleveland: Finished with three receptions for 42 yards, including a long of 22…threw a crunching block on defensive end Orpheus Roye on a run by Ben Roethlisberger...11/21 at Cincinnati: Caught three passes for 15 yards...11/28 vs. Washington: Extended his string of consecutive games with a reception to 99 and led the team in receptions for the seventh time…finished with three receptions for 42 yards, including a long of 17 yards...12/5 at Jacksonville: Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 100…opened the scoring with a 37-yard TD reception from Roethlisberger…finished with four catches for 80 yards…also had one carry for no gain...12/12 vs. New York Jets: Caught two passes for 38 yards, including a long of 26 to increase his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 101...12/18 at New York Giants: Led the team with nine receptions for 134 yards, his 10th career 100-yard performance…became only the third receiver to surpass the 6,000-yard mark…also reached 500 receptions for his career, only the second receiver to reach that mark in Steelers history...12/26 vs. Baltimore: Tied Plaxico Burress and Antwaan Randle El with a team-high three receptions for 21 yards…1/2 at Buffalo: Had two receptions for 11 yards in his limited playing time…topped the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the fourth straight season...AFC Divisional Playoff Game 1/15 vs. New York Jets: Led the team with 10 receptions for 105 yards and the second 100-yard receiving postseason performance of his career...AFC Championship Game 1/23 vs. New England: Produced his second straight 100-yard receiving game and led the team with five receptions for 109 yards, including a 30-yard TD reception...also was credited with a tackle.
2003 (16-16): Selected to the 2004 Pro Bowl, his third straight trip…was named the team MVP for the second straight year (shared the award with Joey Porter in 2002)...also earned Associated Press 2003 second-team All-Pro honors…led the team in receiving for the fifth straight season...surpassed 1,000 receiving yards for the third straight season to become the only receiver in Steelers history to achieve that mark…finished with 1,163 yards and 10 TDs on 95 receptions…also rushed for 61 yards on 11 carries…9/7 vs. Baltimore: Was the team's leading receiver in season-opener…had a team-high nine receptions for 91 yards and two TDs…surpassed Lynn Swann's 336 career receptions for third place on the Steelers' all-time career receptions list...9/14 at Kansas City: Led the team for the second straight week with nine receptions for a team-high 146 yards, including a 50-yard reception on the first play from scrimmage...9/21 at Cincinnati: Finished with four receptions for 48 yards and one TD…fought for extra yardage on his TD when he appeared to be stopped at the Bengals' two-yard line, but with the help of Dan Kreider, managed to plunge forward for the score...9/28 vs. Tennessee: Led the team for the third time in the season with nine receptions for 76 yards...10/5 vs. Cleveland: Was held to two receptions for 55 yards, including a long of 30 yards...10/12 at Denver: Led the team for the fourth game this season…had eight receptions for 81 yards, including a long of 19 yards…also had two runs for a total of nine yards, including a long of 12 yards...10/26 vs. St. Louis: Led the team for the fifth time this season with five receptions for 90 yards and two TDs…had a long of 45 yards…rushed once for three yards...11/2 at Seattle: Had a team-high eight receptions for 66 yards and one TD to lead the team in receptions for the sixth time...also had three rushes for 14 yards, including a long of 11 yards...11/9 vs. Arizona: Led the team for the seventh time in nine games with six receptions for 64 yards and two TDs...11/17 at San Francisco: Finished with four receptions for 44 yards…suffered a neck injury on a long pass play in the third quarter in which he landed head-first on the turf…returned to action in the fourth quarter...11/23 at Cleveland: Had his lowest reception total of the season, catching one pass for 13 yards...11/30 vs. Cincinnati: Caught a career-high 13 passes for 149 yards and one TD...13 catches are the second most in a single game in Steelers' history (14, Courtney Hawkins, 11/1/98 vs. Tennessee)…made five catches during the Steelers' final 11-play scoring drive, including the final two...12/7 vs. Oakland: Led the team for the eighth time with four receptions for 67 yards, including a long of 38 yards...12/14 New York Jets: Surpassed 1,000 receiving yards for the third-consecutive season and became the only Steelers' player to reach 1,000 yards for three-straight seasons…is only the second receiver to reach 1,000 yards three times (John Stallworth)…led the team in receptions for the ninth time with five catches for 68 yards, including a long of 25...12/21 vs. San Diego: Became only the fifth receiver in Steelers' history to reach 5,000 receiving yards…led the team for the 10th time with six receptions for 94 yards and one TD…also had three rushing attempts for 32 yards, including a long of 25 yards…12/28 at Baltimore: Caught two passes for 11 yards, with a long of seven.
2002 (16-16/2-2): Selected to the 2003 Pro Bowl, his second straight trip…was also selected to the Associated Press second-team All-Pro squad…led the team in receptions for the third consecutive year and eclipsed his own team record with 112 receptions…also finished four yards ahead of Plaxico Burress for team high passing yardage honors (1,329), just 69 shy of Yancey Thigpen's team-record 1,398 yards (1997)…scored 12 receiving TDs to tie Louis Lipps' (1985) and Buddy Dial's (1961) team record...became the first non-kicker to lead the team in scoring since 1977 (Franco Harris)...was named the 2002 recipient of The Chief Award, presented annually by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America to the player who best exemplifies the spirit of cooperation with the media established by the late founder, Arthur J. Rooney, Sr.…eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark for the second straight year, joining Plaxico Burress as the first receiving tandem in team history to both surpass 1,000 receiving yards for two straight seasons…led the team with 18 receptions for 186 yards and three TDs in the postseason...9/9 at New England: Began the season strongly in the opener, leading the team with eight receptions for 90 yards and a TD...9/15 vs. Oakland: Led the team for the second consecutive week with seven catches for 92 yards, including a 34-yard TD strike from Kordell Stewart…scored two TDs for his first multiple-touchdown performance of his career…9/29 vs. Cleveland: Led the team for the third straight game with nine catches for 104 yards, his first 100-yard game of the year and the third of his career...10/6 at New Orleans: Tied Antwaan Randle El for the team high with five receptions for 45 yards, including a long of 21…scored his team-leading fourth touchdown of the season when he dived to hit the pylon after stretching for a pass from Tommy Maddox…had one run for 11 yards...10/13 at Cincinnati: Had four receptions for 24 yards…also ran once for 20 yards…moved passed Charles Johnson into sixth place on the Steelers' all-time career receiving list...10/21 vs. Indianapolis: Scored two TDs on five receptions…totaled 76 yards receiving…also had one carry for eight yards...10/27 at Baltimore: Led the team with eight receptions for 97 yards, including a long of 20 yards...11/3 at Cleveland: Led the team in receptions for the fifth time this season (tied once)…finished with nine receptions for 79 yards and a TD…also gained eight yards on one rushing attempt…11/10 vs. Atlanta: Had a 35-yard pass to Plaxico Burress nullified by a holding penalty...finished with a team-leading 11 receptions for 139 yards and one TD…led the team in receptions for the sixth time during the season…also had a 29-yard run...11/17 at Tennessee: Led the team for the seventh time during the season…had 10 receptions for a career-high 168 yards and two TDs, including the 72-yard TD on the game's initial play...11/24 vs. Cincinnati: Had another monster game, tying for the team lead with five receptions for 125 yards and one TD…surpassed 1,000 receiving yards for the second consecutive season (1,039), becoming the first Steeler since Roy Jefferson in 1968 and 1969 to achieve that milestone…also rushed for a career long 39 yards on his only attempt...12/1 at Jacksonville: Produced another big game…led the team for the eighth time with eight catches for 51 yards…also ran two times for 19 yards...12/8 vs. Houston: Led the team for the ninth time during the season with nine receptions for 76 yards…eclipsed his own team record of 94 receptions…added seven yards on two rushes...12/15 vs. Carolina: Had another productive day despite playing with a nagging hamstring injury…finished with three receptions for 39 yards, including a long of 27…also had one carry for two yards…became the first receiver in Steelers' history to record 100 receptions in a season...12/23 at Tampa Bay: Led the team for the 10th time during the season, catching six passes for 78 yards (13.0 avg)...12/29 vs. Baltimore: Finished with a team-high five receptions for 46 yards to lead the team in receptions for the 11th time during the regular season…also had a 23-yard TD reception from Tommy Maddox...AFC Wild Card Game 1/5 vs. Cleveland: Joined Plaxico Burress as the only Steelers receiving tandem to each compile 100 or more receiving yards in a postseason game since John Stallworth and Lynn Swann in Super Bowl XIII…finished with 11 receptions (tying Franco Harris' team record for most catches in a postseason game) for 104 yards and one TD…also ran once for 14 yards...AFC Divisional Playoff Game 1/11 at Tennessee: Led the team for the 13th time during the season with seven receptions for 82 yards and two TDs, including a 21-yard TD catch…also completed a pass to Plaxico Burress for a two-point conversion.
2001 (16-16/2-2): Eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark for the first time in his career, joining Plaxico Burress as the only receiving tandem in team history to both surpass 1,000 receiving yards for a season…made his first Pro Bowl appearance…led the team with a career-high 94 receptions, which also set a Steelers single-season record (85, Yancey Thigpen in 1995)...9/9 at Jacksonville: Led the team with seven catches for 82 yards in season-opener, including a long of 34…9/30 at Buffalo: Had a then career-high nine receptions 79 yards…converted three first downs...10/7 vs. Cincinnati: Led the team for the fourth straight game with eight receptions for 68 yards, including a key 24-yard gain on a third-and-long that helped lead to the Steelers' game-clinching field goal...10/14 at Kansas City: Had four receptions for 38 yards and the team's first receiving TD...led the team in receptions for the fourth straight week…also had a crushing block on the Steelers' third-down attempt at the end of the game to clinch the victory...10/21 at Tampa Bay: Tied for team lead with three receptions for 44 yards…also had one run for nine yards out of the shotgun formation from the quarterback position...10/29 vs. Tennessee: Displayed his versatility, catching, running and even throwing his first pass of the season…finished with two receptions for 20 yards and a TD…took a direct snap from the shotgun formation and raced 36 yards on his only carry...11/4 vs. Baltimore: Tied a then career high with nine receptions for a then career-high 97 yards...11/11 at Cleveland: Finished with eight receptions for 55 yards, including a long of 15 yards…was sacked once for three yards...11/18 vs. Jacksonville: Recorded the first 100-yard receiving game of his career…finished with nine receptions for 112 yards, including a 28-yard TD on a screen pass...11/25 at Tennessee: Finished with seven receptions for 99 yards, just missing his second consecutive 100-yard game…eclipsed his then season career high with his third reception…also established a new career high for receiving yardage in a season...12/2 vs. Minnesota: Finished with three receptions for 37 yards, including a long of 19 yards...12/9 vs. New York Jets: Recorded then single-game career highs for receptions (10) and receiving yards (124), his second 100-yard game of the season…also ran three times for 14 yards…accounted for four third-down conversions (three on receptions and one running)…moved into 12th on the Steelers all-time receptions list with 203 career receptions...12/16 at Baltimore: Was held to his lowest reception total of the season…had just one catch for seven yards…ran once for six yards…12/23 vs. Detroit: Had seven receptions for 67 yards and one TD to eclipse Yancey Thigpen's Steelers' single-season receptions record (85)...12/30 at Cincinnati: Caught three passes for 42 yards with a long of 30…also ran once off a direct snap for 14 yards…1/6 vs. Cleveland: Had four catches for 30 yards…AFC Divisional Playoff game 1/20 vs. Baltimore: Caught three passes for 37 yards…also had six rushing yards on one carry...AFC Championship Game 1/27 vs. New England: Had another solid performance…led the team with six receptions for 64 yards, including a long of 24.
2000 (16-15): Had another solid season, leading the team in receptions for the second straight year…finished with 48 receptions for 672 yards and four TDs…also rushed for 53 yards on four carries...9/3 vs. Baltimore: Finished with two receptions for 20 yards…also returned one kickoff for 23 yards...9/17 at Cleveland: Made his first start of the season for the injured Troy Edwards…had a productive day, leading the team with five receptions for 75 yards, including a 31-yard catch…also nearly broke a kickoff return for a TD, recording a 57-yard return...9/24 vs. Tennessee: Earned his second start of the season and responded with a very productive day…led the team with five receptions for 59 yards…also returned three kickoffs for 69 yards, including a long of 31 yards…was credited with one solo special teams tackle...10/1 at Jacksonville: Caught two passes for 23 yards, including a long of 15 yards…also had one special teams tackle...10/8 at New York Jets: Had two receptions for 18 yards…also was credited with one solo stop...10/15 vs. Cincinnati: Made a spectacular catch and run for a 77-yard TD on the second play of the game, a play that was the longest pass play by the Steelers since the 1994 season…finished with two catches for 91 yards...10/22 vs. Cleveland: Caught one pass for five yards…was credited with one tackle on special teams...10/29 at Baltimore: Had another big game for the Steelers, including an outstanding 45-yard TD reception on which he leaped over a Ravens defender and wrestled away the ball as he stepped into the end zone…finished with two receptions for 55 yards...11/5 at Tennessee: Caught one pass for seven yards…made a bruising tackle on Derrick Mason on a kick return when it appeared Mason might go the distance...11/12 vs. Philadelphia: Finished with two catches for 22 yards…also had one special teams assist...11/19 vs. Jacksonville: Caught a Kordell Stewart pass and raced 22 yards for a 32-yard TD reception, his third TD of the season…finished with three receptions for 60 yards…also returned two kickoffs for 47 yards, including a 26 yarder...11/26 at Cincinnati: Led the team with four receptions for 70 yards, including a 34-yard TD…also had two carries for 38 yards, including a 23-yard reverse…threw a key block on Mark Bruener's TD catch...12/3 vs. Oakland: Led the team for the second consecutive week with four receptions for 36 yards…also had one run for three yards...12/10 at New York Giants: Tied Bobby Shaw with a team-high six receptions for 64 yards…had a long of 23...12/16 vs. Washington: Tied Bobby Shaw with a team-high three receptions…totaled 31 yards…also rushed for 12 yards on a reverse…was credited with one special teams assist...12/24 at San Diego: Caught four passes 36 yards.
1999 (16-14): Tied for the team lead with Troy Edwards with 61 receptions for 638 yards…averaged 10.5 yards a reception and scored a team-high seven TD receptions…also had one punt return for two yards and one kickoff return for 24 yards…also served as a valuable member of the special teams…started in 14-of-16 games...led the team with a 16.4-yards-per-reception average...9/12 at Cleveland: Displayed his big-play capabilities in season-opener…had the longest reception in the game, connecting with Kordell Stewart on a 42-yard gain that led to Steelers second TD…finished the game with three catches for 51 yards and a TD…scored on a one-yard pass from Mike Tomczak for the Steelers final TD in the fourth quarter, Ward's first career TD...9/19 at Baltimore: Started his second straight game at wide receiver…finished with two receptions for 31 yards, a team-high 15.5 yards a catch…also had his first run of the season, a three-yard gain on a reverse...9/26 vs. Seattle: Finished with two catches for 18 yards…also was credited with a special teams tackle and a tackle on an interception...10/3 vs. Jacksonville: Caught two passes for 19 yards...10/10 at Buffalo: Finished with a team-high six receptions for 67 yards and a TD…scored the team's first offensive TD in two games…10/17 at Cincinnati: Had three receptions for 18 yards...10/25 vs. Atlanta: Tied two other players—Courtney Hawkins and Will Blackwell—for team lead with three receptions in Monday Night game…totaled 28 receiving yards...11/7 at San Francisco: Finished with four catches for 31 yards…leaped over a defender to score a 13-yard TD...11/14 vs. Cleveland: collected a team-high four receptions for 39 yards...11/21 at Tennessee: Finished with three catches for 20 yards…also registered one special teams tackle...11/28 vs. Cincinnati: Set then career single-game highs for receptions and receiving yardage…caught seven passes, tying Troy Edwards for team honors, for a team-high 89 yards…scored his fourth TD reception of the season to lead the team in that category…also made a possible touchdown-saving tackle on a kickoff return by Tremain Mack...12/2 at Jacksonville: Tied Bobby Shaw for team honors with four receptions for 35 yards, including a long of 25 yards...12/12 vs. Baltimore: Caught three passes for 43 yards, including a 21-yard TD pass from Jerome Bettis…averaged 14.3 yards per reception...12/18 at Kansas City: Finished with four receptions for 41 yards, including a long of 17…reached the 50-reception mark for the season...12/26 vs. Carolina: Led the team with five receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown…also had one punt return for two yards...1/2 vs. Tennessee: Finished with six catches for 68 yards and one TD despite suffering a fracture in his lower back in the first half...returned one kickoff for 24 yards.
1998 (16-0): Finished the season with 15 catches for 246 yards...averaged a team-high 16.4 yards a reception...also had one carry for 13 yards and completed a pass to Kordell Stewart for 17 yards...registered 28 total special teams tackles, which ranked second on the team (one shy of leader John Fiala’s 29)...was credited with four downed punts inside the 10-yard line and two saved punts inside the 20 (one at the one-yard line)...9/6 at Baltimore: Had the first reception of his career in the season opener, a 12-yard pass from Kordell Stewart...9/13 vs. Chicago: Shined on special teams, registering three solo tackles...9/20 at Miami: Produced one of the few offensive bright spots with a nifty pass-and-catch for 18 yards...had one special teams tackle...9/27 vs. Seattle: Was brilliant on special teams and tied Donta Jones with a team-high two solo special teams tackles...10/11 at Cincinnati: Produced another strong special teams performance...was credited with two special teams tackles...also made an excellent play by downing a fourth-quarter Josh Miller punt at the Cincinnati one-yard line that ultimately led to a Steelers’ go-ahead field goal late in the game...10/26 at Kansas City: Displayed a glimpse of his vast talents, throwing a pass to Stewart for a 17-yard gain and a first down that eventually led to a field goal...also registered one solo special teams tackle...lined up on several four-receiver sets...11/9 vs. Green Bay: Had the best day at that point of his rookie season on offense, catching two passes for 56 yards...had a spectacular catch-and-run covering 45 yards late in the second quarter that led to a touchdown...made a key block on Stewart’s 30-yard run in the first quarter that set up a Steelers’ touchdown...also had five special teams tackles (three solo)...11/15 at Tennessee: Had a productive day as a receiver and on the special teams...caught two passes for 21 yards...registered two special teams tackles...nailed Tennessee punter Craig Hentrich for a one-yard loss on a fake punt attempt...11/22 vs. Jacksonville: Finished with two catches for 26 yards...also was credited with one special teams tackle...11/26 at Detroit: Played well on special teams and as a receiver in the Thanksgiving Day matchup...led the team with four total special teams tackles, including two solo tackles...also had two receptions for 35 yards, including a long play of 25 yards...12/6 vs. New England: Collected two receptions for 19 yards...had another strong game on special teams, finishing with three special teams tackles (two solo)...12/13 at Tampa Bay: Had an outstanding leaping catch, his only one of the game, for 18 yards...12/20 vs. Cincinnati: Had one reception for 17 yards...ran one reverse for 13 yards, his first carry of the season...made a sensational play on a punt, keeping the ball out of the end zone in the second quarter and downing it at the two-yard line that helped lead to a Steelers’ touchdown when Carnell Lake returned an interception 27 yards for the score...12/28 at Jacksonville: Had one catch for 24 yards in the season finale.
COLLEGE Finished his career ranked second in school history with 144 receptions...had 1,965 career receiving yards to rank third in team history...gained 3,870 all-purpose yards, second only to Herschel Walker (5,749)...was a 1997 All-American choice by The Poor Man’s Guide to the NFL Draft...earned bachelor’s degree in consumer economics. 1997: Earned All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) honors as a senior...led team with 55 receptions for 715 yards and six touchdowns...had 12 receptions for 154 yards against Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl. 1996: Was an Academic All-SEC pick...caught 52 passes for 900 yards (17.3 avg.) and five touchdowns...gained 170 yards on 26 carries, returned five punts for 47 yards and 13 kickoffs for 234 yards. 1995: Started first two games at flanker before moving to tailback for the third game, to quarterback for the fourth game, back to tailback for the seventh game, and then returned to quarterback for the final three games. 1994: Selected to the All-SEC Freshman team by the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
PERSONAL Earned All-American honors from SuperPrep, Blue Chip Illustrated & USA Today, and added All-State & Super Southern Top 100 honors at Forest Park (Ga.) High... was a two-time Clayton County Offensive Player of the Year...rushed for 1,111 yards and 14 touchdowns and completed 122-of-204 passes for 1,575 yards and 14 scores as a quarterback during his senior season... threw for 3,581 yards and 38 scores and rushed for 2,500 yards and 29 touchdowns during his three-year career...lives in Forest Park, Ga...son of Young Ward...Full name: Hines Ward Jr.