For one Nolan completely fumbled the ball on this one. This was completely unrealistic as Hines Ward is at the tail end of his career and is not a kick returner. He is very slow for his position in the NFL and he would not be able to out run the entire defense for a touchdown much less one player. In Madden he has probably a 78 - 81 as his speed rating. In real life he would definitely have fell into the ground collapse and not have turned around looking down at the mess.
This is hilarious!
Another "reason" Nolan dropped the ball by casting Ward. The scene is being filmed in the Pittsburgh Steelers stadium, and the stadium is full of rabid Steeler fans as extras. Now, if Nolan really wanted to film a great crowd reaction, why would Nolan cast pick Ward of all people? I mean, as one Pittsburgh writer noted, "arguably no player is cherished and beloved by Steelers Country so universally as Hines Ward. Rarely is the identity of a player, as well as his style of play, in complete and utter harmony with ideals of the franchise for which he plays. The black and gold way is a physical manner of play, steeped in the proud tradition of winning without compromising integrity and hard work."
What was Nolan thinking? Nolan never tells us.