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Posted at 7:42 AM ET, 03/ 1/2011

Hines Ward joins cast of 'Dancing with the Stars' and tough guys everywhere weep

By Cindy Boren

Hines Ward cowboy-ed up for the Steelers' Super Bowl appearance in Dallas. (Associated Press)

This is a bad, bad idea. Oh, sure, it barely budges the needle on the Charlie Sheen scale, but it's purely bad nonetheless.

Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and certified tough guy, is going to compete on "Dancing with the Stars," a show I have never seen and, unless my thumbs fall off, will never see. He joins two other active footballers -- Chad Ochocinco and Jason Taylor -- who've danced on the show (as have Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith and Kurt Warner). This is just not good...unless you're a Ravens fan. Then it may be the greatest thing ever. (Am guessing that Ward is going to hear "Twinkletoes" when the two teams meet; of course, if there's no season, go ahead and rock your sparkly socks off, Hines.)

Thankfully, I am not alone in my fears. ESPN blogger James Walker concurs.

Similar to Ochocinco, participating on the spring reality show will take time away from Ward's offseason schedule. Ochocinco had two reality television shows last year, missed all voluntary workouts and had a down year, catching just 67 passes for 831 yards and four touchdowns.
Ward will turn 35 on March 8 and his numbers were also down last season. He caught 59 passes for 755 yards and five touchdowns for the reigning AFC champions.

Hines Ward will be the first #DWTS contestant to ever be fined. #predictionless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

What's the ballroom dancing equivalent of an illegal crackback cheap-shot? #HinesWard #Steelersless than a minute ago via TweetDeck

By Cindy Boren  | March 1, 2011; 7:42 AM ET
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How can Cindy Boring comment on a show that she has never seen and the participants in it? Also 35 years old in the NFL is way past most NFL'ers prime. Please tell me the Washington Post has more to offer in regards to serious sports reporting than this affirmative action bimbo!

Posted by: PerfidiousAlbion | March 1, 2011 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Seems likely that Hines Ward accepted the DWTS offer because it constituted an opportunity for him to widen public awareness of the need for greater tolerance of biraciality (including in South Korea), since he's biracial (half Korean) himself and has become active in recent years in promoting humanitarian work in this field.

Or, as the astute Byoolin wondered over on Celebritology this morning, "[I]s it true the producers only asked Hines Ward because Ben Roethlisberger was in the ladies room when they called to ask him to be on the show?"

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 1, 2011 11:18 AM | Report abuse

@PerfidiousAlbion if you can actually read Cindy Boren didnt comment on the show DWTS she commenting on the active NFL players that have gone on the show

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | March 1, 2011 1:25 PM | Report abuse

You know he only did it because the women are hot; that's why I watch the show.

Posted by: dcm93446 | March 1, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Fear not Washingtonians for next year ABC plans to launch "Dancing with the Pols":

Posted by: satireguy | March 2, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

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