Hines Ward, moments after his first dance, was asked by host Brooke Burke if winning “Dancing with the Stars” would make up for the Steelers’ loss in the Super Bowl. Because, yeah, those things are totally the same.
To Ward’s credit, however, he did refer to the show’s trophy as the silver ball instead of its proper name, the Mirror Ball Trophy, to restore my faith in humanity.
Ward is just the latest in a long line of NFL players who have made the leap from the NFL to the hit reality TV dance show. He joins Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith (a champion), Jason Taylor, Warren Sapp, Lawrence Taylor, Chad Ochocinco and Kurt Warner. In addition, Kendra Wilkinson, wife of NFLer Hank Baskett, is also on the cast.
On hand to cheer Ward was Steelers great and Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris, who waved a Terrible Towel. Certainly when Myron Cope first coined the phase “Terrible Towel,” he imagined that this piece of linen would go on to represent the Steelers’ dominance — and dancing ability.
Kind of funny to think that the Steelers’ rough-and-tough image produced Mean Joe Greene and Jack Lambert — and now a dancing hero. Though Lynn Swann was known for his ballet moves, so maybe it fits.
Ward performed well out of the gate, topped only by Ralph Macchio‘s hairpiece. And, inexplicably, Kirstie Alley.
Ward scored three sevens, not a bad first-round score. Given the Steelers’ fervent fan base, Ward should be able to advance far in this competition.
And, yes, we can’t wait for the labor dispute to be settled either. Maybe this will help both sides move towards the middle for an agreement.