Antonio Brown Dances His Way onto DWTS
In an otherwise footbally type article on the free agency signing of Ladarius Green, Bob Labriola of Steelers.com addresses the upcoming appearance of Antonio Brown on Dancing With the Stars:
* Didja hear Antonio Brown was picked for Season 22 of “Dancing With The Stars?” I’m guessing you have, and make no mistake, that is exactly why ABC picked AB. All due respect to Brown’s swivel hips and willingness to attempt to impale himself on a goalpost for mere entertainment value, it’s because the Pittsburgh Steelers and their players move the needle.
Labriola backed up this assertion with some interesting data points:
The last time the premier episode of a season of “Dancing With The Stars” was viewed by 20-plus million people, Hines Ward was a contestant. The last time a final episode of a season of “Dancing With The Stars” was viewed by 20-plus million people, Hines Ward was a contestant. The last time a full season of “Dancing With The Stars” finished among the top-three shows in the Nielsen ratings, Hines Ward was a contestant.
Back in 2011 I did a whole series on Hines Ward’s tenure on the show, which of course lasted until the end and brought the Mirror Ball to Pittsburgh. The series was a comparison of Ward to one of the previous season’s candidates, Chad Ochocinco, as he was still known. It was fascinating to compare the two, and to note that while Ward was clearly less naturally gifted, as a dancer at least, than Johnson, as I suppose we should now call him, Hines was willing to put in the work, and in the end that made the difference.
So I will be dusting off these notes, which I lovingly kept. (After all, I was so into it I even went and interviewed a ballroom dance instructor for some information I needed.) Naturally I will be breathlessly following AB’s progress, and keeping you all informed. But I will also be comparing him to where Hines was at the same point each week.
It should be pretty interesting, because my guess is that AB is better suited to dancing than Hines. And we all know nobody outworks AB. Even his partner commented on this. So it is, of course, somewhat the luck of the draw as to how well he and his partner click, how good she is at choreographing dances to suit his strengths and minimize his weaknesses, and so on. But it’s hard to imagine that with his million-watt smile, unparalleled work ethic, and fiercely competitive nature, he will be anything but a natural.
I just have to confess to one small hope—that the producers of the show will talk him into a better-looking haircut. The one featured above reminds me rather strongly of the handle on a plastic microwave cover. But maybe that’s just me doing my “Get off my lawn” impression…
While looking for a suitable photo I found a rather hilarious (to a Steelers fan at least) article titled Dancing With the Stars’ Season 22: Who is Antonio Brown? Here are some choice excerpts:
If you’re not a sports fan you’ll be excused for not recognizing this 27-year-old, but anyone who follows football should know him as a wide receiver and punt returner for the Pittsburgh Steelers; he’s been on the team since being drafted in 2010…
What else is there to know about this talented athlete? Here are a few things we can learn from his social media accounts.He Already Has a Dance-y NicknameApparently he goes by “Tony Toe Tap,” which we’re pretty sure was originally related to football, but now works just as well for dancing. [Did any of you know this? I certainly didn’t, which just goes to show you can always learn something new, even from the most unlikely sources…]He Has an Amazing SmileThis is going to light up the ballroom for sure!He’s Super DedicatedWe have a feeling this kind of focus will pay off in the ballroom.
So watch this space next Wednesday for the preliminary article in the series. And go, AB and Sharna!