Watching NFL players dance can be awe-inspiring. Or it can be like watching hippos on rollerblades.
Donald Driver, Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith were terrific on "Dancing with the Stars." So was Warren Sapp, who turned out to be a 300-pound Michael Jackson without the emotional baggage.
But Lawrence Taylor looked like he was trying to start a balky lawnmower engine when he danced the jive. And Michael Irvin showed all the hip action of a geriatric patient doing the cha-cha.
Now the latest football player to join the show is Jacoby Jones, who wants to see if his famous swivel-hipped end zone celebrations can help him on dancing's biggest stage.
And the Ravens' kick returner and wide receiver says he's not doing it just to get a free flight to L.A. and hang out with the actors, singers and comedians in this year's cast.
"I'm a competitive NFL athlete," he said Thursday. "So when I approach it, I get the eye of the tiger. I get that Ravens eye. I approach it like I do any other competition. I'm looking to win."
Jones got the gig in one of those "only in America" stories boxing promoter Don King always talked about. Except in this case, it was more like "only in America if you returned a kickoff 108 yards and caught a 56-yard touchdown pass in the Super Bowl."
He had already won the NFL Network's "Dancing with the Starters" contest, which judges players on the crazy celebration dances they do in games.
Then he went on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" after the Super Bowl. Kimmel got Jones to reveal that he planned his end zone dances ahead of time and even choreographed them in practice before a panel of his teammates.
Speaking of which, Kimmel asked, any interest in being on "Dancing with the Stars?"
"Do polar bears poo on ice?" Jones answered.
Kimmel and the audience took that to be a yes. By the time Jones got back to his dressing room, the "DWTS" people were barging in the door with a contract.
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Ravens' Jacoby Jones 'looking to win' on 'Dancing With The Stars
Baltimore Sun | Mar 1