Ward named SEC Legend for 2018

Former Georgia receiver/quarterback Hines Ward was among those selected for the 2018 Southeastern Conference Football Legends class.

The class will be honored at the 2018 SEC Football “Weekend of Champions” Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Atlanta, highlighted by the annual SEC Legends Dinner presented by AT&T Nov. 30 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. The group will also be recognized prior to the SEC football championship game, which will be held Dec. 1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Ward earned All-SEC first-team ­honors after his senior season of 1997, when the Bulldogs went 10-2 and defeated ­Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl. He saw action primarily as a receiver and caught 55 passes for 715 yards and six touchdowns. He also set the school record for receptions in a bowl game when he pulled in 12 passes for 122 yards against the Badgers. Ward was selected in the third round of the 1997 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He went on to be selected to four Pro Bowls, was a member of two Super Bowl champion teams and earned MVP honors in Super Bowl 40 in 2006. Ward remains the Steelers’ all-time leading receiver with 1,000 catches for 12,083 yards and 85 touchdowns. He became well known off the football field in 2011 when he won the Dancing with the Stars national television competition.

Other members of the 2018 class include Shaun Alexander (Alabama); Darren McFadden (Arkansas), Ronnie Brown (Auburn), Lawrence Wright (Florida), Rich Brooks (Kentucky), Ronnie Estay (LSU), Jim Miller (Ole Miss), Mardye McDole (Mississippi State), Devin West (Missouri), Eric Norwood (South Carolina), Philip Fulmer (Tennessee), Pat Thomas (Texas A&M) and Zac Stacy (Vanderbilt).