He's reached the most rarified air of NFL glory, met with heads of state, danced with stars, cooked with celebrities and been among The Walking Dead, now former Steeler Hines Ward will swim, bike and run with the Ironmen.
Ward is training for the 2013 Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii, in October, under the tutelage of eight-time champion Paula Newby-Fraser.
Ward said despite years of football training, he'd never run one mile continuously. Not anymore as he prepares for the grueling race that includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile cycling race and a full 26.2-mile marathon.
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Dan Gigler: email@example.com; Twitter @gigs412 First Published April 2, 2013 7:45 PM