What is it about football players and dance? Is it the evasive moves they use on the field that help them achieve fancy footwork on the dance floor? Is it the stamina or the strength they’ve built up during their NFL careers? We don’t know but former Dallas Cowboy Emmitt Smith, former Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward and Green Bay Packer Donald Driver have been the poster boys for the relationship between football and dance on “Dancing With the Stars.”
Smith won the crown in 2006, Hines Ward in 2011 and Driver in 2012. Smith is back this season for “Dancing With the Stars All-Stars” and he wants the people’s vote yet again. He is reunited with partner Cheryl Burke who won the crown with him before. Smith is part of the five remaining All-Stars that include former champions Apollo Anton Ohno, Shawn Johnson, Kelly Monaco and third-place finisher Melissa Rycroft.
There are just two more weeks to the current season, so we’ll soon find out if the NFL can continue its streak of success. Smith says that while it might not always be ballroom style, football has its share of hoofers. “There's a lot of dancing in football,” he told Esquire.com. “You can see Victor Cruz doing a little bit of a cha-cha or samba move in the end zone. You can see Terrell Owens getting his popcorn ready. You can see Ochocinco doing the Riverdance. But not so much when it comes to ballroom. You rarely see athletes do anything that sophisticated or elegant on a football field.”
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