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Ex-NFL Player Hines Ward Opens His Pittsburgh Restaurant Wednesday

Ward is also launching an adjacent wine bar.

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Having already completed a successful 14-year career in the National Football League, former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward is taking the logical next step for someone with boatloads of money: He's opening a restaurant. Table 86 — Ward wore No. 86 on his jersey in the NFL — will open in Pittsburgh's Seven Fields neighborhood on Wednesday, reports Trib Live, as will his adjacent Vines Wine Bar.

Ward is a bit of a renaissance man. After retiring from the NFL, he won a season of Dancing With The Stars, and he showed off his acting chops in The Walking Dead and The Dark Knight Rises. Ward has also competed on Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. His new restaurant will offer "food made from scratch" — think steaks, salads, seafood, and sandwiches, in addition to dishes inspired by his mother: "Asian-style, Korean barbecue things my mom has taught me over the years," Ward told Trib Live. "I love the Korean ribs." The adjacent bar is inspired by a Napa Valley winery.

Ward joins former teammate Jerome Bettis as another ex-Steeler who has jumped into the Pittsburgh restaurant scene. Opening eateries seems to be a popular second career for former athletes. Earlier this year, New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter announced his intention to open a bar and grill in the Tampa International Airport.

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