12:12 PM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 02/11/2013 03:00PM
Hines Ward may be full of life, but he didn't appear that way on Sunday.
With his eyebrows completely gone, and bloody gashes and scars covering his face, the football star and former Dancing with the Stars champ, 36, looked unrecognizable guest-starring on AMC's The Walking Dead.
"A former Georgia teammate of mine is one of the stars of the show, and my agent thought it would be something fun and different for me to do," Ward told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, of guest starring on the show where his pal, IronE Singleton played fan favorite T-Dog.
Originally posted 07/09/2011 04:20PM
Hines Ward, the pro football star and most recent winner of Dancing with the Stars, was arrested for investigation of drunken driving in Georgia.
Ward, 35, was booked on a DUI charge at the DeKalb County jail near Atlanta at 3:41 a.m. Saturday and later released on $1,000 bail, according to jail records.
"Hines is deeply saddened by this incident and apologizes to his fans and the Steelers organization for this distraction," his agent/manager Andrew Ree says in a statement.
But Ree adds, "From our preliminary investigation we can tell you that we are confident that the facts will show that Hines was NOT impaired by alcohol while driving."
Ward's longtime friend Corey Allen posted bail, the records show. Ree says that Ward "cooperated fully with the police and truthfully answered all of their questions."
No other details of his arrest were immediately available.
Originally posted 05/27/2011 09:00AM
Sure, he won the Dancing with the Stars season 12 mirror-ball trophy, but don’t expect to see Hines Ward strolling down Main Street at Disneyland any time soon.
"I'm getting surgery," Ward, 35, tells PEOPLE of his post-Dancing plans. "My left thumb – the ligaments are torn."
The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and Super Bowl XL MVP dazzled Dancing fans with his ballroom skills the past three months. But alas, a lingering injury from his most recent NFL season needs immediate attention. He’s scheduled for surgery Tuesday, May 31, at 7:30 am.
Originally posted 05/25/2011 12:20PM
NFL pro Hines Ward scored the ultimate touchdown on Dancing with the Stars when he won first place on Tuesday's finale. But Ward had to work for that mirror-ball trophy.
"Everyone loves Kirstie [Alley]," Ward, 35, told reporters backstage after the show. "So when it comes down to voting, I didn't know how I'd match up to Kirstie."
Yet, as the results proved, Ward and his partner, pro Kym Johnson, came out on top. "It's just phenomenal," Ward said. "I didn't want to let Kym down. I really wanted her to win her second mirror-ball trophy."
Originally posted 05/24/2011 11:05PM
It's been a season of laughs, tears and injuries for many contestants on Dancing with the Stars. But on Tuesday night, only one of the 11 couples who competed on ABC's hit show walked away with the coveted mirror ball trophy.
Both Hines Ward and Chelsea Kane were just one point shy of two perfectly scored dances at the end of Monday night's show. But Kirstie Alley, who ended up with five points less than the other finalists, has been a fan favorite all season.
And the mirror ball trophy went to...
Originally posted 05/24/2011 04:15PM
According to Dancing with the Stars judge Len Goodman, the competition is still "anyone's to win."
But ahead of Monday's finale – when the winner of the coveted mirror-ball trophy will be revealed – the three remaining couples were just happy to have made it so far.
Backstage after Monday night's show, NFL player Hines Ward praised his partner, Kym Johnson. "To be here in the final is just amazing, because Kym took a player who's never danced before and got us to the finals," he told PEOPLE. "I owe it all to Kym ... Whoever wins it is going to be deserved. I don't think there's any animosity towards anybody."
Originally posted 05/23/2011 09:55PM
Dancing with the Stars is coming down to the wire with the first round of final performances, and Carrie Ann Inaba summed it up best with three words: "Hot, hot, hot."
Chelse Kane, Kirstie Alley and Hines Ward and their pro partners each did two routines Monday night before their final one on Tuesday night to determine a champion. Find out how they fared in the stretch.
Originally posted 05/23/2011 11:15AM
Hines Ward, Chelsea Kane and Kirstie Alley square off Monday night on the Dancing with the Stars finale. And Brooke Burke says any one of them could nab the Mirrorball trophy.
Burke, a co-host of ABC's hit show, handicaps the finale for PEOPLE.com, and says that each performer has unique strengths.
Ward, paired with Kim Johnson, is "infectious, he's lovable, he's emotionally connected, he's got rhythm, he's fun to watch," says Burke. In addition, he's got a big fan base that should help him out.
Originally posted 05/17/2011 02:05PM
The final four performed under heavy pressure Monday night on Dancing with the Stars – and Tuesday they face another elimination before next week's season finale. Who will go home?
Monday featured an emotional return from Hines Ward and his partner Kym Johnson, who suffered a neck injury in an agonizing fall during rehearsals last week. But the pro dancer proved her mettle Monday night when she and Ward earned a perfect score for their tango. They also earned a perfect 30 for their second dance.
Unstoppable couple Mark Ballas and Cheslea Kane won 15 bonus points from the night's winner-take-all cha-cha, giving them the highest total of the night with a 73. Is that enough to ensure them a ticket to the finale?
Originally posted 05/17/2011 11:55AM
The season 12 finale of Dancing with the Stars is just one week away but the professional dancers and their celebrity partners aren't necessarily fretting about whether or not they'll perform the anticipated freestyle dance – or, ultimately, take home the mirror ball trophy.
Instead, the dancers' thoughts were with Kym Johnson, whose horrible fall while rehearsing with Hines Ward was replayed during Monday's emotional show.
"You hate to see bad things happen to good people and Kym Johnson does not have a bad bone in her body," Chelsea Kane told PEOPLE backstage on Monday night. "She is so kind and supportive of all of us and is such a light in this competition. For her to be in a neck brace? We were scared."
Top 5 Most Voted Stories
Steve Harvey: I Was Homeless for Three Years
Jessica Simpson Shows Off 60-Lb. Weight Loss
Ohio State Marching Band Moonwalks in Michael Jackson Tribute
The Duggars Respond to Reports That Josh Duggar Was Accused of Child Molestation
Woman Runs London Marathon Without a Tampon, Bleeds Freely to Raise Awareness
Top 10 News Categories
The most buzzed about stars this minute!
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
More On PEOPLE.com
Got a News Tip?
Send it to our People.com editors!