Von Miller two-stepped all over the Carolina Panther’s hopes and hearts in Super Bowl 50, and now the Texas A&M alum and Broncos MVP is going to cha-cha into the ballroom on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars this season.
ESPN confirmed Friday that Miller, who graduated from DeSoto High School in Dallas, will follow in the patent-leather footsteps of several other prominent North Texas sports figures, including Season 3 DWTS champ Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Plano gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Nastia Luikin.
The official announcement of the Season 22 DWTS cast will come Tuesday, but word has already leaked out about Miller and fellow NFL star, Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, joining the cast, which also includes actresses Jodie Sweetin (Fuller House), Mischa Barton (The OC) and Kim Fields (Facts of Life). The show debuts March 21 at 7 p.m. on ABC
Miller, 26, has been making the rounds on TV talk shows since winning the Super Bowl MVP, and now he joins a growing list of pro football players who have taken their turn on the DWTS dance floor. In addition to Cowboys legends Irvin and Smith, wide receivers Jerry Rice, Hines Ward and Donald Driver and sack master Lawrence Taylor have all tripped (or tripped up) the light fantastic.
Denver recently placed the “franchise tag” on Miller, which means he’ll return to the Broncos this season and will likely negotiate a long-term deal to make him the top-paid defensive player in the NFL.
Now, if the Super Bowl MVP can win the mirror-ball trophy, all of his dreams will have come true.