Hines Ward: Steelers' Receiver Set to Make Debut on Dancing with the Stars
Hines Ward, wide receiver of the Pittsburgh Steelers, is set to make his debut tonight on ABC's Dancing With the Stars tonight. It is the start of season 12, and athletes have done quite well in the past.
Ward is looking to continue that trend. As a matter of fact, he is currently one of the odds on favorite, considering Ward's athleticism and the success of former football players on the show.
Season 12 will feature two other athletes in retired boxing champ Sugar Ray Leonard and professional wrestler Chris Jericho. Both possess extremely quick foot work, and that should help them compete with Ward and the other contestants.
Along with the aforementioned three athletes, this season's cast includes Kirstie Alley, Mike Catherwood, Chelsea Kane, Ralph Macchio, Petra Nemcova, Romeo, Wendy Williams and Kendra Wilkinson.
Right off the bat, you can figure on Ward advancing far if his moves can gain him enough votes. His popularity alone may not be enough to compete with some of the other dancers this season. Jericho gets to team with Cheryl Burke, so he should also do fairly well. As for Leonard, I see him performing well, but other boxers Evander Holyfield and Floyd Mayweather have not done so well.
Rodney Ho of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that Ward should have a great chance to win.
Ho says that "The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and UGA (University of Georgia) grad has a warm smile and athletic prowess that should take him far in the competition. NFL players have a loyal following and tend to do well on the show."
For more on Ward and other great members of the Steel Curtain, make sure to check out Bleacher Report Steelers Featured Columnist Tom Dale, as he takes a look at The 50 Greatest Pittsburgh Steelers of All Time.
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