Hines Ward Joins Dancing With The Stars

No I didn’t make that up and yes you read the right name. It seems the AFC North is full of twinkle toes these days. First, it was Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco joining the popular dance show. Now the Steelers smiling WR has decided to join the show as well.

Ward, 35, joins a plethora of other football players (current and former) who have graced the stage. But he becomes the 2nd AFC North player in as many years. ESPN and AFC North blogger James Walker has his reservations on Ward’s decision:

Similar to Ochocinco, participating on the spring reality show will take time away from Ward’s offseason schedule. Ochocinco had two reality television shows last year, missed all voluntary workouts and had a down year, catching just 67 passes for 831 yards and four touchdowns.

Ward will turn 35 on March 8 and his numbers were also down last season. He caught 59 passes for 755 yards and five touchdowns for the reigning AFC champions.

Walker also says that this move is very un-Steeler-like… and I happen to agree with him. Not to mention, Ward is probably the last person I’d expect to join this show. One can ask whether this interferes with his offseason workouts, but the possibility of a lockout is very real, so Ward may have a lot of downtime this offseason.

I’m not a big fan of the show at all, but the Ravens fan in me may watch to hope that he gets a bad score so that Cheshire Cat-like grin can be wiped off his face.

Hey, I never said I wasn’t petty. The show premieres March 21. I’m sure we’ll see tons of black and yellow in the crowd.

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