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Ward to be featured in documentary

Posted by Teresa Varley on February 8, 2012 – 4:39 pm

Steelers’ wide receiver Hines Ward will be featured in the documentary NFL Characters Unite where he shares his personal story of dealing with prejudice to aid teens that are facing similar situations.

Ward, along with Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, Saints tight end Jimmie Graham and former Colts head coach Tony Dungy, will share stories in the one hour documentary on USA Network on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m., while at the same time sharing the story of a teen going through a similar fight.

Ward, who had to deal with discrimination as a child because he is biracial, is teamed with Carlton Dennis, a junior at Clairton High School who is originally from Trinidad. Dennis has faced discrimination and through his relationship with Ward and the Hear Me Project composed an anti-discrimination rap song that is available through iTunes.


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9 Responses to “Ward to be featured in documentary”

  1. By Charlene Blaine, crt, rcp on Feb 8, 2012 | Reply

    I can definately identify with Carlton Dennis, and the others regarding discrimination. Also originally from Trinidad dealing with the accent most americans think we are dumb or not intelligent. Having biracial children I have been ridiculed by others for having biracial children. When my children where younger I was told they were nothing but mudd and they were not going to be intelligent, etc.. needless to say the Trini in me came out and that guy got an ear full! he may not have understood what I said but he knew I was angry. I have noticed throughout my life I have realized people who discriminate are ignorant, scared of the unknown, or was taught to hate what is different. Now with that said, From one Trini to another Trini do know this you are beautiful, smart and intelligent and when they discriminate they are only showing their ignorance then you don’t need to deal with them, because trust me as you grow they will only get smaller. If that doesn’t work there is always sweet Trinidad food and music (Calypso and Soca) to put you in a happy mood! Keep your head up Carlton Dennis you are a Trini and we don’t back down from adversity… p.s. Hines Ward I have admired your role as a positive force on and off the football field. You are a true athlete and Carlton Dennis would do himself justice if he takes a page from your book on handling adversity. I commend you big time!! Oh and by the way I loved you on Dancing with the Stars…
    Thanks,
    Charlene Jarvis-Blaine

  2. By Cheryl on Feb 10, 2012 | Reply

    Watched the story on Carlton Dennis . Was so touched by the story. But hey Heinzie we know your heart is as big as your smile.

  3. By Chuck Rosenfield on Feb 11, 2012 | Reply

    Hines is what Pittsburgh is about through and through, overcoming obstacles in life.

    Hines Ward made a difference to many in Pittsburgh for his infectious smile, even after being hit hard in after making a catch.

    He was not a throwback to the old Steelers, but really the face of the current team reinventing the position (in the NFL) of the wide receiver whose toughness was demonstrated on how well a receiver could take a hit to delivering the hit to the opposition and opening up opportunities for teammates.

    Thank you, Hines.

  4. By Michelle Newman on Feb 11, 2012 | Reply

    Hines Ward: I want to finish my career with the Steelers

  5. By fanatics on Feb 12, 2012 | Reply

    it goes without saying that Ward is loyal to the Steelers!!!

  6. By Carlos Ragonese on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Hines sounds like a great endeavor. Jesus loves you and yours brother Ward.

  7. By marco antonio nava z on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    Hey HInes…You are the best Wr receiver in the steelers history.
    We miss you on the field ever. good luck…you are made of steel.
    greetings of one of the oldies fan of the steel curtain from Mexico.

    Farewell 86.

    Mark

  8. By Eugene Saldivar on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    I have been a Steeler fan since Joe Green was drafted by Chuck Noll in 1969.
    Over the years I have seen players come and go. Some left for more money,
    some retired, some were let go, some should have been let go. Regardless
    the reasons, I alway’s blamed the front office for the good or bad of it. It was
    not until the last several years that I realized that the Steeler front office has
    made more good choices than bad. This is one of (if not the best) managed
    sports franchises in the world and it is not just smarts or luck that gets you in
    that category. If I had to choose one word to describe why I feel the Steelers
    are where they are it would be “CLASS’. Players leaving this organization for
    whatever reason have commented about what a great place Pittsburgh is to
    play and live. Hines Ward has given us much joy over the years both on the
    field and off. He will be missed but the decision to wave him and subsiqently
    his decision to retire is the right one. His best years as a player are sadly at an end but this is not a reason to grieve. I am excited and looking forward to
    the next chapter in the Hines Ward saga. If you think he is done accomplishing to life because he no longer plays football you need one of his famous down field blocks to knock the cobwebs loose. Hines Ward is will be back. Look for more great things from him. Here’s wishing only the best for
    all Steeler fans and players – Oregon Steeler 1

  9. By Pat WIlls on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    I always said Hines Ward was a football players football player. When he was on the field he gave his all he gave150 percent, he left it all on the field. He gave much joy watching him. Much good luck in all you do. I have followed the Steelers for over 70 years Go STEELERS

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