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Texans interview ex-NFL star Hines Ward for head coach job

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Add this to the NFL Free Agency Bingo Card if you had it: The Houston Texans have finished interviewing former Pittsburgh Steelers player Hines Ward for their head coaching job, according to the team’s Twitter account.

The Texans followed Hines Ward’s rule in their interview process: welcoming the longtime Steeler and current assistant coach at Florida Atlantic University to potentially replace ousted play caller David Culley, who was fired Thursday. Culley went 4-13 with the Texans.

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Former NFL player and player relations manager Hines Ward watches the action before an Alliance of American Football game between the San Diego Fleet and San Antonio Commanders at SDCCU Stadium on February 24, 2019 in San Diego, California.
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Ward played for Steel City from 1998-2011 and became a prolific attacking identity with strong hands, a tough run and tenacious blocking ability behind the line. He is a two-time Super Bowl winner (40, 42) and the recipient of MVP honors in Super Bowl 40, which included his 43-yard touchdown catch, thrown by Antwaan Randle El.

Ward caught 12,083 receiving yards and 86 touchdowns during his tenure with the Steelers.

Houston also wrapped up their interview session after meeting with Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward #86 smiles as he watches from the field during a game against the San Diego Chargers at Heinz Field December 21, 2003 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward #86 smiles as he watches from the field during a game against the San Diego Chargers at Heinz Field December 21, 2003 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
(George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

Lombardi served as quarterbacks coach for the New Orleans Saints from 2016 to 2020 and joined rookie head coach Brandon Staley’s team in Los Angeles in 2020.

Sophomore Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert had an outstanding 2021-22 campaign alongside Lombardi: throwing for 5,014 yards, 38 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and completing 65.9% of his passes.

Houston has now interviewed Ward, Lombardi and former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores.

Houston Texans head coach David Culley challenges a call during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Houston.

Houston Texans head coach David Culley challenges a call during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Houston.
(AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

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