It's Hines Ward. Of course his competitive juices are going to take over. It was announced last week that the veteran Steelers wide reeciver would be starring in the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars. Less than a week later, we hear from Ward that he's already hard at work practicing his routines with his dancing partner. In an appearance on WCNN in Atlanta, Ward was asked all about his upcoming involvement with the immensely popular reality show -- from how he was selected, how good of a dance did he think he was before starting to practice, how much time he's putting in so far, and how like everything else he does, he's 'in it to win it.'
Just how good of a dancer is he?
"Oh, I like to cut up the rug at the club. But I’ve never ballroom danced before. That’s a whole other level itself. The good thing about is nobody’s ever ballroom danced before."
After hearing about how much practice he’s been doing (up to five hours some days), Ward was asked if he is married?
But would he agree that it might be awkward to spend that much time around a beautiful woman if he were married?
"No, it’s not like that. Kim [Johnson, his dancing partner] is cool. You know, at first, it was just a respect trying to feel each other out. It’s like a cool relationship because she’s from a different country. Last night she said I had to throw my hand back, and I was like oh kind of like you’re going to pimp slap someone. She didn’t know what that was. She was like pimp, what’s a pimp? So it’s just a good relationship. I’m going to be with her for a long time, hopefully all the way until the championship. So I would never cross the line as far as jeopardizing our relationship. I’m in it to win it. I want to win that trophy."
Whether it is as good a workout as some say it is:
"It is. It definitely is. Just going through the whole workout, it’s definitely the shoes. I get a better understanding and new found respect for all the ladies who wear high-heeled shoes. It’s amazing what they go through. So almost every night I’m soaking my feet for precautionary reasons, because I’m starting to feel the soreness on the balls. So I understand what all the females go through when they go out and purchase that new pair of shoes."