Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver Hines Ward Is 'Dancing With the Stars'

Jay BrownContributor IMarch 22, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers tries to avoid the tackle of Desmond Bishop #55 of the Green Bay Packers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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What are NFL players to do with their free time now that the owners have locked them out? Go on vacation, catch up on a good book, maybe enjoy a good movie or television show?

How about participate on Dancing with the Stars?

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward did just that.

The former Super Bowl MVP is a contestant on the hit ABC reality television show, and so far, he is off to a good start.

While being on Dancing with the Stars is nothing like shaking off defensive backs, running receiving routes and catching passes from Pro Bowl quarterback Ben Rothlisberger, Ward did impress on the Season 12 premiere. He scored a 21 out of 30 on his first dance, the Cha-Cha with partner Kym Johnson. Ward showed that not only does he have moves on the football field—he has moves on the dance floor as well.

Other notable NFL players that have made an appearance on Dancing with the Stars include future Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice, Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith, former New York Jets linebacker Jason Taylor, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Warren Sapp, Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco and former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner.

NFL players have fared well in the competition. Jerry Rice, Jason Taylor and Warren Sapp all placed as runners-up in their respective seasons, but the lone champion was Emmitt Smith during the show's third season.

Who knew that football players could be so graceful on the dance floor.

Hall of Famer Franco Harris was in the crowd cheering on Hines Ward, and it looked as if the Pittsburgh Steelers great was even waving what looked to be a "Terrible Towel" when the camera cut to him.

Too bad these multi-millionaire players can't let their egos go all the time. We might actually be looking forward to the offseason rather than a labor dispute. 

At least watching Hines Ward on Dancing with the Stars was better than trying to sit through a full episode of the T.Ocho Show. I mean, at least there is some eye candy in Chelsea Kane and Petra Nemcova and the ladies' outfits usually show plenty of skin.

With players unable to use team workout facilities, maybe all of the dancing Hines Ward will be doing on television will actually end up being a substitute for strength and conditioning drills.

He many not have won a Lombardi Trophy this past season, but you can very well bet he has his sights on another trophy, the big mirror ball.