Jacoby Jones was working up to this all season.
The Baltimore Ravens wide receiver and return man set a team record with three touchdown returns in the regular season and capped each off with an increasingly elaborate and swivelly-hipped celebration. Then, in the Ravens’ Super Bowl victory earlier this month, he dared pay tribute to Ray Lewis with a version of the Squirrel Dance after his 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
At this point, there’s only one thing left for the 28-year-old from Baton Rouge, La.: He’s heading for “Dancing with the Stars.”
Although the rest of the cast will be announced on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, Jones got the star treatment with a commercial during the Academy Awards telecast Sunday night. He’s a fitting choice, considering that he devotes time to choreography as well as the Ravens’ playbook. In Jones’s appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” shortly after the Super Bowl, Kimmel asked if he planned his dances and Jones replied with a simple “Duh.”
He admitted that “I have my dances, make ‘em up and through the week of practice I do them. I do my dance, see what my teammates think and they be like, ‘Yeah, do that.’”
When Kimmel pressed to gauge Jones’s level of interest in “DWTS,” Jones replied: “Let me ask you this: Do polar bears poo on ice?”
As if his stellar body of work — just watch this Ravens’ video — weren’t enough to make him an early favorite, there’s history. Three NFL players (Emmitt Smith, Hines Ward and Donald Driver) have won the competition, with Ward and Driver active players at the time. Others who’ve moved and grooved (to varying degrees) are Jerry Rice, Jason Taylor, Warren Sapp, Lawrence Taylor, Michael Irvin, Chad Ochocinco and Kurt Warner.
Jones may not be the only big-name athlete competing. Olympic champion gymnast Aly Raisman and boxer Victor Ortiz are rumored to be participating.