According to an article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, by Harrisburg Bureau Chief Laura Olson, the former Steelers receiver was in Harrisburg, PA today to be honored by Govenor Tom Corbett.
Below are a few excerpts from Wards’ day in Harrisburg:
Mr. Ward received a proclamation from the governor, and both chambers of the General Assembly have introduced resolutions honoring his accomplishments on the football field as well as his volunteer work with nearly a dozen community organizations.
“This is the coolest thing ever,” he said, grinning, as he spoke briefly on the Senate floor.
“I wanted to represent not only the city of Pittsburgh but the whole state of Pennsylvania,” he said during an afternoon news conference. “I only thought that I had fans in Pittsburgh, but the Steeler Nation is all over. For me, it’s great to be recognized all over the state of Pennsylvania. You guys have given me so much. Today is a big honor.”
You can check out the full article via the link above for the PG. I do have one question for Hines though: did he really think he only had fans in the city of Pittsburgh? Surely he must know the Steeler Nation goes far beyond the city limits of the burgh and specifically for him as well.
We aren’t taking it too personally though and after all, if he now knows that fans on the eastern side of the state are huge 86 backers then it’s all good. Huge congrats to Hines on another big honor celebrating his career on the field and his dedication to community and charity off the field.