BY ANDREA BOSCO
PHOTOGRAPHS BY BRIDGETT KAY PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC

A surprise celebration ensued at Rivers Casino for Super Bowl MVP and dancing champion, Hines Ward! More than 200 guests milled around the ballroom waiting for his arrival, the surprise marked by the popping of black and gold streamer cannons. The lavish affair featured a delicious dinner including heirloom tomato salad, filet mignon with Cabernet demiglace, and a milk chocolate peanut butter dessert, which preceded toasts from KDKA-TV’s Bob Pompeani, WTAE-TV’s Sally Wiggin, and WPXI-TV’s Alby Oxenreiter. “He never had proper closure to his 14 years with the Steelers and Steeler Nation, so I thought that this party was the best way to pay tribute to a guy who has given so much to what he feels is the greatest football city in the world,” says Ward’s manager and event co-host, Andrew Ree. An emotional Ward took to the stage to address his love for the Steelers, the city, his fans, his management, and Hall of Famers and friends, such as Franco Harris, Mel Blount, and Aaron Smith, who were all in attendance. “I was shocked to see so many faces that have been with me during my career,” says Ward. “It was a night I’ll never forget.”


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