Now that Hines Ward has officially won “Dancing with the Stars,” he is certain to be a household name with many people who have no idea what a crack-back block is, much less who Keith Rivers (and his jawline) is.
But on some level, that’s unfortunate. Because as well-known as Ward has been as a player, it might not be a stretch to say that he’s still underrated. To quantify this notion, look no further than his production over 13 NFL seasons. Most fans know Ward has been effective, but not to the degree the numbers suggest.
Ward tops the list of most receptions over the past 10 seasons, a fact that shouldn’t be surprising, yet probably is to most hardcore fans. Some of those who lag behind Ward over the same period, like Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens, have bigger names … without the bigger numbers. All of the players included below pretty much played the prime of their careers from 2001-2010, thus making Ward’s totals all the more impressive.
— Elliot Harrison