March 2, 2010 in Sports

Ochocinco, Lysacek will dance as stars

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES – Chad Ochocinco is putting on his dancing shoes for TV.

Known for his touchdown celebrations in the end zone, the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver is taking his act from the gridiron to the stage as a contestant on the upcoming season of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Gold medal figure skater Evan Lysacek and sportscaster Erin Andrews will also compete.

Lysacek recently became the first American man since Brian Boitano to win the Olympic gold in Vancouver. Andrews is an ESPN reporter who was in the headlines last year after a man shot nude videos of her through a hotel room peephole and posted them online.

“Dancing With the Stars” returns March 22 with a cast that includes model-actress Pamela Anderson and astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

Athletes have typically done well on the hit show, with Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith, Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves, figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi and gymnast Shawn Johnson all winning in previous seasons. Former NFL stars Jerry Rice and Warren Sapp, and current Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor have also been runners-up.

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