Zap2it: Does the start of the NFL season get the juices flowing for an ex-player such as yourself?
Hines Ward: Oh no question about it, just for the fact that at the kickoff of the season, everybody is 0-0. Everybody hopes and dreams of making it to the Super Bowl L. That’s what it’s all about.
You competed in the Ironman Triathlon a few years back, correct?
Yes I did and I’m one and done. It was a great experience but I don’t want to put my body through hell again.
How long did it take you to prepare for it?
It took me eight months to prepare. But through NBC, working, you know I was swimming when I was up at Notre Dame and I was running before I’d do the games so I was still training while I was preparing for the season. But it was just a great blessing for me to train for eight months to put my body through hell but crossing that finish line made it all worthwhile. I mean, to be called an Ironman is just awesome. It’s an amazing feeling, something I never thought I could do.
How long did it take you to recover?
It took me about two months. You know, I had to get back on a plane to fly from Hawaii back to Notre Dame, so needless to say that was a bad trip for me. I cramped up a lot on that trip.
Do you still get to do any acting?
No, I have a couple of things in the making that I can’t really discuss right now but maybe look out for me in the near future.