Antonio Brown gets off to quick start on 'Dancing With the Stars'
March 21, 2016 11:02 PM
Antonio Brown, dressed in black and gold, of course, did a quickstep with partner Sharna Burgess.
Antonio Brown performed on tonight's episode of "Dancing With the Stars."
"Dancing with the Stars" is back with an all-new celebrity cast ready to hit the ballroom floor.
Antonio Brown, dressed in black and gold, of course, did a quickstep with partner Sharna Burgess,
Antonio Brown and dance partner Sharna Burgess
By Maria Sciullo / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In 22 seasons of ABC’s ”Dancing With the Stars,” there have been 46 athletes on the roster, including 16 National Football League players, both current and retired. There is now a Heisman Trophy winner (Doug Flutie). And, contrary to what ”DWTS” co-host Erin Andrews mentioned last week on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night talk show, there have been two Super Bowl MVPs (the Denver Broncos’ Von Miller — she forgot the Steelers’ Hines Ward).
So, it’s a very competitive bunch this year. None, from mixed martial arts fighter Paige VanZant to Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, is accustomed to losing.
Producers saved the big football names for late in tonight’s two-hour special, with Mr. Brown and Mr. Miller filling the last two spots on the ”Dance” card. Mr. Brown, dressed in black and gold, of course, did a quickstep with partner Sharna Burgess. Mr. Miller and his much-shorter partner, Whitney Carson, trotted out a foxtrot. Both were awarded scores of 21 points. Viewers learned that Mr. Miller apparently likes chickens and has a tattoo of one on his calf. It was also noted that Mr. Brown likes catchphrases, although no mention if he has one tattooed somewhere on his body.
How’d the rest of the field do? One of those athletes, Mr. Flutie, clearly struggled. ”I love your sense of commitment,” was the most judge Carrie Ann Inaba could offer. ”I can see it doesn’t come natural to you.”
As judge Bruno Tonioli said, ”It can only get better.”
No one went home tonight, but dancers worked for scores from the judges and viewers. The combined totals will be revealed next week. Three dancers — model Nyle DiMarco, singer Wanya Morris and ”Good Morning America” meteorologist Ginger Zee — were the judges’ favorites with 23 points apiece.
But it was a good start for Mr. Brown and, by association, Steelers Nation. Invoking one of his favorite phrases, Ms. Inaba yelled: ”Boomin’!”
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