Keyshawn Johnson Announced for 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 17

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Keyshawn Johnson Announced for 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 17

Dancing with the Stars is set to launch its 17th season on ABC Sept. 16, and the full cast was revealed on Good Morning America on Wednesday. Athletes have played a big role on the show since its inception, and this season will be no different.

Former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson is slated to compete, according to Good Morning America's official Twitter account. 

Johnson, who spent 11 seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers, is now an analyst for ESPN. With that in mind, Johnson is a natural fit for the show, as The Walt Disney Company is the parent company for both ABC and ESPN.

Whether Johnson realizes it or not, he has some high expectations to live up to, as athletes have historically performed quite well on the show. Current and former NFL players in particular have been a staple. Here is a look at how every NFL player who came before Keyshawn fared on Dancing with the Stars.

NFL Players on Dancing with the Stars
Player Season Place
Jerry Rice 2 2nd
Emmitt Smith 3 1st
Jason Taylor 6 2nd
Warren Sapp 7 2nd
Lawrence Taylor 8 7th
Michael Irvin 9 7th
Chad Ochocinco 10 4th
Kurt Warner 11 5th
Hines Ward 12 1st
Donald Driver 14 1st
Emmitt Smith 15 4th
Jacoby Jones 16 3rd


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Based on some of the acrobatic catches Johnson made along the sidelines over the course of his career, the three-time Pro Bowler seems to have the footwork necessary to excel in this competition.

According to Bill Keveney of USA Today, Johnson will be paired with professional dancer Sharna Burgess, who finished seventh in her debut last season. It will be interesting to see if Johnson can strike the proper chemistry with her as he did with his quarterbacks for so many years.

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones was extremely impressive last year, finishing third by virtue of dances such as this one:

That means Johnson has a tough act to follow in NFL terms, but the former Super Bowl champion has always been a winner, so he'll definitely be someone to watch this year.

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