When Hines Ward signed a four-year contract extension in 2009, it seemed a certainty that football fans would never see him play for a team other than the Pittsburgh Steelers. But the Steelers' iconic uniform will apparently not be the only one that he will wear during his career.
Ward also played -- at least on one day -- for the Gotham Rogues, the fictional franchise of Gotham City in "The Dark Knight Rises."
Ward's cameo in the third installment of director Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy figures prominently in the latest trailer for the film. The veteran wide receiver appears to be returning a kick off or punt for the Rogues when defenders -- and literally the ground beneath his feet -- begin to fall away.
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Perhaps to keep Steelers fans from suffering too much of a jolt at their local multiplexes, the costume designers for the latest Batman film outfitted the Rogues with the Steelers' familiar black-and-yellow color scheme. The chaotic action scene involving the Rogues was even filmed at Hienz Field.