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Former NFL star Ward completes Ironman

  • In this image provided by GoPro Ironman, former NFL football player Hines Ward readies his bike before the start of the Ironman World Championship Triathlon Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.  (AP Photo/GoPro Ironman, Marco Garcia)

    In this image provided by GoPro Ironman, former NFL football player Hines Ward readies his bike before the start of the Ironman World Championship Triathlon Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. (AP Photo/GoPro Ironman, Marco Garcia)

  • IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR GOPRO IRONMAN - Super Bowl Champion and BECOME ONE, launched by REFUEL I 'got chocolate milk? athlete Hines Ward makes the swim to bike transition during the 2013 GoPro IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (Marco Garcia/AP Images for GoPro Ironman)

    IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR GOPRO IRONMAN - Super Bowl Champion and BECOME ONE, launched by REFUEL I 'got chocolate milk? athlete Hines Ward makes the swim to bike transition during the 2013 GoPro IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (Marco Garcia/AP Images for GoPro Ironman)

  • In this image provided by GoPro Ironman, former NFL football player Hines Ward readies his bike before the start of the Ironman World Championship Triathlon Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.  (AP Photo/GoPro Ironman, Marco Garcia)

    In this image provided by GoPro Ironman, former NFL football player Hines Ward readies his bike before the start of the Ironman World Championship Triathlon Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. (AP Photo/GoPro Ironman, Marco Garcia)

  • In this image provided by GoPro Ironman, former NFL football player Hines Ward readies his bike before the start of the Ironman World Championship Triathlon Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.  (AP Photo/GoPro Ironman, Marco Garcia)
  • IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR GOPRO IRONMAN - Super Bowl Champion and BECOME ONE, launched by REFUEL I 'got chocolate milk? athlete Hines Ward makes the swim to bike transition during the 2013 GoPro IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (Marco Garcia/AP Images for GoPro Ironman)
  • In this image provided by GoPro Ironman, former NFL football player Hines Ward readies his bike before the start of the Ironman World Championship Triathlon Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.  (AP Photo/GoPro Ironman, Marco Garcia)

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Former Pittsburgh Steelers star Hines Ward added a new title to his résumé Saturday. Not content with the titles of football and dancing star, Ward now is an Ironman.

The two-time Super Bowl winner finished one of the world’s most challenging triathlon courses in 13 hours, 8 minutes and 15 seconds.

Ward was the 1,680th athlete to cross the finish line after a 2.4-mile ocean swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a full 26.2-mile marathon. He swam a 1:20:01, biked a 06:21:12 and finished off with a 5:12:56 run.

The former NFL star and Dancing With the Stars winner trained for nearly a year with triathlon legend Paula Newby-Fraser.

“When I first started it was raining one day and I even asked Paula if I should be running in the rain. I never thought I could run farther than a mile,” Ward said. “This has been a life-changing experience for me.”

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