Calvin Johnson will not be on the football field for the Detroit Lions this fall, but he will still be putting his moves to good use. The former wideout is going to be a contestant on the next season of “Dancing with the Stars.”
ABC announced the cast in a press release on Tuesday morning:
Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte and Laurie Hernandez are joining the celebrity cast of season 23 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
The pair appeared live on “GMA” this morning with their pro partners. Val Chmerkovskiy, whose partner last season was “Good Morning America” chief meteorologist Ginger Zee, will dance with Hernandez, while fan favorite pro Cheryl Burke returns this season to partner with Lochte.
The rest of the celebrity cast includes talk show host Amber Rose, rapper Vanilla Ice and Rick Perry, the former governor of Texas and a former Republican presidential candidate.
The others in the cast come from the worlds of TV, music and sports. They are “Brady Bunch” star Maureen McCormick, actress Marilu Henner, singer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, “Little Women LA” star Terra Jolé, actor Jake T. Austin, former Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, race car driver James Hinchcliffe and country singer Jana Kramer.
Johnson’s partner will be Lindsay Arnold, a professional ballroom dancer and former contestant on “So You Think You Can Dance.” She has been on Dancing “With The Stars” for eight seasons and came in third place back in the fall of 2015.
Johnson is of course not the first NFL player to appear on the program. Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice, Jason Taylor, Warren Sapp, Lawrence Taylor, Michael Irvin, Chad Johnson (then Chad Ochocinco), Kurt Warner, Hines Ward, Donald Driver, Jacoby Jones, Keyshawn Johnson, Michael Sam, Doug Flutie, Antonio Brown, and Von Miller have all previously participated.
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