Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens wasn’t originally set to join the season 25 cast of “Dancing with the Stars.” It was reported that singer Bobby Brown had been set to join but backed out at the last minute, giving Owens the chance to step in. After expressing interest in doing the show for years, will T.O. go all the way and be victorious in the battle for the Mirror Ball Trophy?
The new season starts on September 18, so before he and his competitors hit the dance floor let’s consider the pros and cons.
Terrell joins the ranks of several past NFL stars who have graced the dance floor. Out of the 18 NFL players that have appeared on the show, nine (50%) have made it to the finals with four of them winning the Mirror Ball: Emmitt Smith (season two), Hines Ward (season 12), Donald Driver (season 14), and Rashad Jennings (season 24). Footballers tend to have a natural charm and charisma about them that makes it easy for them to connect with the audience. They also tend to have support from the female audience as well as male sports fans who may be watching the show with their wives — or maybe just enjoy “DWTS’s” different brand of athletic competition.
Terrell’s pro partner, Cheryl Burke, knows a thing or two about handling an NFL superstar. Cheryl was able to help Emmitt Smith pull a surprise victory over Mario Lopez in season two and was able to take Chad Ochocinco to the semifinals in season 10. With that impressive track record, T.O. has a lot to live up to, but he also has perhaps the best teammate he could have hoped for.
For every Rashad Jennings or Emmitt Smith, there’s a Keyshawn Johnson or Lawrence Taylor who falls short with both the audience and judges. Terrell has been known in the past to be a bit of a diva. Hopefully, Cheryl will be able to whip him into shape. If not, we could see Terrell being eliminated earlier than expected.
Aside from being known in the past for “diva” antics, Terrell also tends to be very critical of himself. As we’ve seen several times on “DWTS,” sometimes the judges’ comments can really put a damper on a celeb’s experience on the show. Terrell needs to make sure that he doesn’t beat himself up whenever he receives criticism, but instead enjoys the journey.
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