Ravens' Jacoby Jones to Participate in New Season of Dancing with the Stars

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IFebruary 24, 2013

Baltimore Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones will participate in the next season of Dancing With The Stars, as noted in a commercial break during the Oscars on Sunday, per Pro Football Talk.

The speedy 28-year-old was a star for the Ravens during Super Bowl XLVII, catching a 56-yard touchdown pass and posting a record 108-yard kickoff return for another score.

In that sense, perhaps Jones' quickness and agility will prove to be an asset off the football field and on the dance floor. He obviously has to learn the moves, but his speed could prove to be a significant factor in the competition next season.

The timing is interesting, as Jones could miss a portion of the offseason for the Ravens if he does well in the competition. New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz declined to join the DWTS cast last year because of this very reason. Jones is due $3 million in 2013-14.

The Ravens would probably prefer Jones doesn't dance in the competition and instead sticks to the football field, but with the popular show incorporating more athletes year in and year out and giving them the opportunity to get their names out in the mainstream, perhaps it's not a big deal anymore in the sports world. 

At this point, it seems like any athlete with quick feet or a charismatic personality is a contender to join the cast of DWTS. It's become somewhat of a bragging point for such past winners as Donald Driver, Hines Ward and Emmitt Smith.

It makes sense. Athletes and dancers alike appear to glide on the field/dance floor in their respective professions.