I try my very best to look at every situation as uniquely as possible. Sometimes that’s easier said than done.
When Hines Ward went on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” I really didn’t have an issue with it because to be very honest, I believed Ward was near the end of his career. Who am I to tell a guy not to pursue things that interest him when his “life’s work” awaits?
Reports came out yesterday based on social media interaction that current Steelers’ receiver Antonio Brown may be appearing on the reality show as soon as this summer. If I didn’t have a problem with Ward doing it then surely I wouldn’t have one with Brown right?
Unlike Ward, Brown is in the prime of his career. He’s been a guy who has succeeded through tremendous effort and work habits that are legendary. Participating in DWTS at this point in his career does nothing for his career as it pertains to on the field.
Hines Ward had won his two Super Bowls and was already planning on a post-playing career that involved television work. Brown has, what what we all hope, are several more great years ahead of him. I don’t doubt that Brown has TV aspirations when his career ends – I mean – look at that smile and that style. Who wouldn’t want him on their set? But is now the time for him to be doing this?
Former Steeler Ryan Clark’s post-career dreams were as subtle as a hammer to the head. He made no bones about what he would have rather been doing his last few seasons and ask anyone and they’ll tell you his play suffered. Sure, some of that was age but don’t think for a second that was the entire problem.
This is what I fear for when it comes to Brown heading off to the dance floor. At the end of the day it’s his choice and he’s gonna do what he’s gonna do and you or I can’t do a darn thing about it. I just hope he recognizes that if his play suffers even in the slightest in 2016 then this is what people will point to…
I would have to think a Lombardi Trophy is more important than a crystal dance ball but then again who knows these days?