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ASU officially hire Hines Ward as wide receivers coach

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Former NFL wide receiver Pittsburgh Steelers legend Hines Ward is officially Arizona State football’s next wide receivers coach.

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Following a productive 14-year NFL career with the Steelers, Ward has taken on several football coaching gigs. The 48-year-old has previously assisted in coaching Pittsburgh and the New York Jets. He has also coached at the collegiate and XFL level.

After the official announcement of the hire, Ward has emphasized how excited he is to become a Sun Devil.

“The culture and energy here in the Valley is special, and I can’t wait to be a part of it,” Ward said.

Considering the Sun Devils’ longtime struggles, bringing in an NFL legend with the knowledge that Ward possesses is a win.

Throughout his 14-year career, the Georgia product made three All-Pro teams, won two Super Bowls, as well as Super Bowl MVP for his dominant performence over the Seattle Seahawks in 2006 where Ward finished with 141 total yards and a touchdown.

With Jaden Rashada expected to be back at full strength for the start of the season, ASU looks to establish a consistent passing attack.

The wide receiver room has a ton to learn from Ward, led by returning receiver Elijah Badger, and transfers Jake Smith and Jordyn Tyson.

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Saleh Awwad is a writer/reporter covering the Arizona State Sun Devils, Phoenix High School Sports, and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @SalehAwwad_

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