Hines Ward was decked out like a coach Tuesday at Georgia’s spring football practice.
Former Georgia football player Hines Ward talks to Chris Conley, left, during football practice at the Woodruff practice fields on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 in Athens, Ga.
He wore a black and white Georgia hat, a gray and red pullover and black and red shorts.
“We got the equipment guys to get him stuff,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said.
Ward, the recently retired former Georgia star who was a Super Bowl MVP receiver with the Pittsburgh Steelers, was in Athens because he wanted to spend some time with his friend and former teammate, Bobo, to see what coaching was like.
“He’s just trying to see if that’s something he wants to go into,” said Bobo. “He’s going to spend some time over here, a couple of days to see what all we do. Not just out there in practice, but to see, hey, what do you do out there in recruiting, kind of see if that’s something he wants to do, kind of like when coaches come and visit.”
Ward created a stir among Georgia fans when he told Atlanta’s WXIA-TV earlier this year that he teases Georgia coach Mark Richt about wanting to join his coaching staff.
“If he wants to hire me, hire me,” Ward said. “That would be my ultimate dream job to come back and coach at the University of Georgia.”
Asked if he would recommend Ward join the coaching profession, Bobo said: “My wife told me to tell him no.”
Ward chatted with receiver Chris Conley early in practice. Bobo said a video from the 1996 Auburn game—a 56-49 Bulldogs win in four overtimes–was pulled up on YouTube on Tuesday.
“We were talking about a seam throw and how we used to run it so we found it and watched it,” Bobo said.
With receiver depth down due to injuries to Conley and Rantavious Wooten and the spring move of Malcolm Mitchell to defense, Bobo said Ward might have blended in if he came out in jersey.
“NCAA rules, he could just stand and watch,” Bobo said. “You wish you could have him out there and coach, but he can’t do any of that stuff.”
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