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Ochocinco on Dancing With The Stars: Why It Won't Affect His 2010 Season

CINCINNATI - DECEMBER 27: Chad Ochocinco  #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates his touchdown catch by holding up the number 15 in memory of Chris Henry against the Kansas City Chiefs in their NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium December 27, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.    (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)
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Dan ParzychSenior Writer IMarch 2, 2010

After spending most of his career showing off his dance moves in th endzone, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Cincinnati-Bengals-Examiner~y2010m3d1-Cincinnati-Bengals-wide-receiver-Chad-Ochocinco-to-appear-on-Season-10-of-Dancing-With-The-Stars" title="Chad Ochocinco will get a chance">Chad Ochocinco will get a chance to display his talent on ABC's Dancing With The Stars .

Ochocinco was named one of 11 participants that will compete against one another beginning March 22 that include other well-known celebrities such as Pamela Anderson, Evan Lysacek, and Erin Andrews.

Throughout his career, Ochocinco has established his reputation as a player known to run his mouth for fun—which should make the show's 10th season even more interesting. Numerous reports have indicated ABC approached Ochocinco about joining the upcoming season after the entertainment he provided during HBO's Hard Knocks before last season.

Whether he's eliminated early on or lasts until the finale, there's no question Ochocinco will provide the audience and viewers with plenty of entertainment during his appearance on DWTS. However, the 10th season is expected to last until May 25—which is part of the reason why some fans are showing signs of concern.

The Bengals begin their volunteer workouts at the end of March, which means the show will take place the same time many wish Ochocinco would work with Carson Palmer to prepare for the 2010 season. However, there's no reason to be concerned in Cincinnati just yet.

Ochocinco hasn't participated with the Bengals in camp for the last two seasons as he prefers to workout on his own. For those who watched Hard Knocks last season, it's no secret he's one of the hardest working players at his position—which is why there is no reason to worry about his shape for 2010.

Despite the Bengals finishing 26th in the passing game last season, Ochocinco reached his sixth Pro Bowl after finishing the season with 72 catches for 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns after showing up to workouts last June.

With this in mind, there should be no reason for Bengals fans to worry about his condition for the upcoming season. If Palmer's excited to watch Ochocinco compete and show off his dance moves, there's no reason why Cincinnati fans can't be as well.

Dan Parzych is the Cincinnati Bengals Examiner for Examiner.com.

He is also the founder of WhoDeyBengals.com.

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