Make way for another athlete in the ballroom
Dancing With the Stars will have two major NFL stars in season 22, as Antonio Brown, the Pittsburgh Steelers' all-star wide receiver, made the big announcement on SportsCenter on Monday that he is joining the ABC reality series. (The entire cast is set to be officially unveiled on Good Morning America tomorrow.) As E! News previously reported, Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, who plays for the Denver Broncos, will also compete this season, so fans can expect the ballroom to be super-competitive.
And it looks like Antonio is ready for the competition, already using the hashtag #TonyToeTap on Twitter, and knows he has big cleats to fill as fellow Steelers great Hines Ward is a DWTS champ.
"The pressure is definitely on me to win," Antonio said on SportsCenter. "Hines already set the standard with Steeler nation."
Antonio, 27, said Hines did offer up some advice, revealing, "He told me just enjoy it, take what I can out of it, and have fun."
Football players have fared pretty well on DWTS, with Hines, Emmitt Smith and Donald Driver all winning, and Jerry Rice coming in second. "I think NFL guys pick up things really quickly," Antonio theorized. "We love the big stage, being able to perform."
So far, Antonio is just the third cast member to officially be confirmed for season 22. Fuller House's Jodie Sweetin was the first celeb to be announced, while Good Morning America's Ginger Zee announced on Friday's episode of the morning show that she was dancing with Val Chmerkovskiy. E! News also has sources telling us that America's Next Top Model winner Nyle DiMarco will be heading to the ballroom for season 22.
Dancing with the Stars returns March 21 on ABC. The entire cast will be announced on Good Morning America on March 8.