Rice dances into the Hall of Fame

CANTON, Ohio – Okay, I believe we’ve had another first in the history of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement ceremony: The first time an inductee thanked his “Dancing With the Stars” team.

Of course, the Class of 2010 includes not one but two former DWTS alumni – Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith. So it was perhaps just a matter of the order in which the class was inducted that allowed Rice to capture the honor. Not sure if Smith will mention the show, but Rice acknowledged the experience proudly.

“All I had to do was wear sequins, afro wig and high heels,” he said.

Crazy as it seems, “Dancing With the Stars” has developed quite a roster. The show now boasts two Hall of Famers in Rice and Smith, fellow DWTS alum Warren Sapp certainly has a chance to join them. Chad Ochocinco can get into the mix if he has a few more big years. And now there are rumors that surefire future Hall of Famer Kurt Warner could be on the show next season.

And as he walked off the stage, Rice added: “You know what, guys? I feel like dancing.”

— Craig Ellenport

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