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'Long way from the football field'

The finish at Kona is former Steelers receiver Hines Ward's new goal line

Updated: April 1, 2013, 3:08 PM ET
By Bethany Mavis | Triathlete.com

When Hines Ward stepped across the finish line at the Seal Sprint III Triathlon on Coronado Island on March 17, he breathlessly remarked, "It's a long way from the football field, I'll tell you that."

The former wide receiver, who retired in 2011, was wearing his NFL number, 86, on his triathlon bib. He had just completed a 500-meter swim, a 20-kilometer bike ride and a 6K run, the first major milestone in his road to the 2013 Ironman World Championship as part of the Become ...

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