The cast reveal on “Dancing With the Stars” has come and gone and most fans know that one of the toughest competitors this season will be Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones. How bad does he want to win? According to the Baltimore Ravens on Feb. 28, he wants to win “so bad.”
Jacoby Jones was in the dressing room on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” after the Super Bowl when DWTS producers approached him about being on “Dancing With the Stars.” His reaction? “Darn right.”
Of course, Jones has the backing and endorsement of head coach John Harbaugh. Jones says the coach told him his “[butt] better be ready for football” next year. Jones just said, “Yes, sir.”
Jacoby Jones is paired with dance pro Karina Smirnoff. He’s very happy about that. “She’s hot,” Jones said with a laugh. “We’re very similar. She’s goofy. I think she’s just a female version of me from Russia.”
So what’s the book on Jacoby Jones actually winning DWTS? Well, according to Bovada, the odds are 7-1. Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman currently has the best odds at 4-1. Jones feels his toughest competition will come from Raisman, boxer Victor Ortiz and 16-year-old Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman.
And how does the end-zone dancing Jacoby Jones feel about those odds? “They don’t think I’m going to win. We were underdogs all year long. Odds don’t mean nothing. Everybody has to put their dancing shoes on like everybody else. That’s it.”
And what a lot of people don’t know is that Jacoby Jones danced as a kid in plalys and musicals. He claims to know how to waltz, foxtrot and jazz dance. It’s up to Karina to take care of the rest.
You can see Karina and Jacoby, along with the other 11 dance couples, as Season 16 of “Dancing With the Stars” heads out to the dance floor on Monday, March 18 at 8 p.m. eastern time on ABC. Don’t miss a step!
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