On the Feb. 10 episode of AMC's "The Walking Dead," former Steelers receiver Hines Ward's career takes a more gruesome turn, as a zombie.
By Maria Sciullo Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Well, Hines Ward has looked better ...
The former Steelers receiver is busy in his life's second act: working as a sports commentator for NBC, cooking up wings on the Food Network and training for the Ironman world championships.
Somehow, he found time to play dead.
"It was an amazing experience," said Mr. Ward, who will be a zombie extra when AMC's hit series "The Walking Dead" returns to haunt Sunday nights Feb. 10.
"Just being in makeup preparing me for my role was cool. I actually scared myself when I looked in the mirror for the first time after."
AMC scored big in ratings when it ran the first half of Season 3. It was the top basic cable program in terms of total viewers, as well as adults ages 18-49.
IronE Singleton, the actor who played the character T-Dog -- played being the operative word, as poor T-Dog went out in a blaze of glory a few months back, saving one of his friends in a zombie attack -- attended the University of Georgia on academic and football scholarships.
"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," Mr. Ward said.
A good part of the show is shot on location in rural Georgia. Yet there is another strong Pittsburgh connection to "The Walking Dead" -- executive producer Greg Nicotero.
The special effects makeup guru who co-founded Hollywood's KNB Efx Group is a North Hills native and graduate of Sewickley Academy. He is a co-executive producer and has directed several episodes.
"The show is so popular, and I thought it would be cool, so I agreed," Mr. Ward said. "And I had a blast doing it."