ESPN News Services has reported that Pittsburgh Steelers wide-receiver Antonio Brown will be featured on the 2016 season of the ABC Network hit, “Dancing With the Stars.”
“Brown will join the 22nd season of “Dancing with the Stars,” as the wide receiver announced he is part of the cast during SportsCenter on Monday morning.
“Being able to move with good posture,” Brown said when asked what the toughest part of preparing for the show has been. “As a football player, we want to move as explosive as we can with no technique and be as fast and fluid as we can. Just learning how to move with good posture and keeping my shoulders down.”
He said being on the show could help him as a football player by making his movements more fluid.”
I am of the opinion that Brown should maybe spend just a bit more time trying to avoid the employees of “clock cleaners incorporated” as he pirouettes across the middle of the football field as opposed to worrying about the critique of the three DWTS judges; Len Goodman, Bruno Tonoli and Carrie Ann Inaba.
In the past, Monsieur Brown has been unjustifiably or justifiably accused of “showboating” and there are a few people that cover the NFL on a regular basis as well as a few NFL defenses that have been burned by Brown that always keep a gallon or two of “hater-ade” in the fridge and they are always willing to share a glass or two with anyone who is willing to take a gulp.
From a marketing perspective I think it is a great move but what if he is injured?
Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward appeared on the show and won the trophy in May of 2011, but that appearance on the show occurred near the end of his playing career because Ward retired as a player in March of 2012, having already competed in his final season for the Black and Gold.
The Steelers are standing on the cusp of winning another Lombardi Trophy but all of the pieces of the puzzle must be in place in order for that to happen and Antonio Brown is one of the main pieces of the puzzle.
Don’t forget after Brown suffered a concussion in the 2015 NFL wildcard round against the Cincinnati Bengals, a game which as a result of a penalty, Pittsburgh eked out a last second victory against Cincy. However, the very next week Steelers were forced to travel to Denver to face the Broncos without in the AFC Divisional round of the playoffs. It is the general consensus that if Brown were healthy, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning may have been hoisting a frosty mug of beer up to a pair of chapped lips watching the Super Bowl in a suite or on television as opposed to competing in and hoisting the Lombardi Trophy up to the heavens after the Broncos defense manhandled Cam Newton and the Carolina Panther in Super Bowl 50.
Antonio Brown was injured as a result of a play that happened on the football field which kept him from continuing in the 2015 postseason and that is unfortunate. If Brown is injured or incapacitated as a result of appearing on a television show that has no bearing on the outcome of a future Pittsburgh Steelers football contest, that would be at best a travesty based on ego and at worst a tragedy.
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