ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reports Ward, who spent the 2019 and 2020 NFL seasons working as an offensive assistant with the New York Jets, has been added to the Owls' coaching staff to work in some capacity with wide receivers coach Joey Thomas.
Ward's hiring was first reported by the FAU fan site FAUOwlsNest.com on Tuesday (April 20) evening, before being confirmed elsewhere on Wednesday (April 21.)
The website points out that current FAU director of player personnel David Kelly worked as a running backs coach at the University of Georgia during Ward's first two seasons with the Bulldogs.
Ward, 45, spent his entire 14-year NFL career with the Steelers, holding franchise records in career receptions (1,000), receiving yards (12,083), receiving touchdowns and games at the receiver position (217), appearing in 16 fewer games than quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's active record of 233 for all Steelers players.
Ward was also a four-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl champion, which included earning Super Bowl MVP honors during the Steelers' 21-10 victory against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL.
Ward had previously worked as an NFL analyst with NBC following his retirement and a contributor to bothCNNandHLNsince 2016.