It looks like Bob Pompeani's preliminary Tweet was spot-on: Steeler WR Hines Ward will become the third active player in NFL history to join the cast of ABC's Dancing With the Stars. Between this and the Royal Roethlisberger Wedding, the Steelers will clearly have no distractions the media will constantly ask them about this offseason.
Hines' competition in this sport will not include Ravens or Browns or Bengals; instead, he will face a gauntlet of D-listers and has-beens including professional bimbo Kendra Wilkinson, wrestler Chris Jericho, actress Kirstie Alley, boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, model Petra Nemcova, rapper Romeo, actress Chelsea Kane, "Karate Kid" Ralph Macchio, and something called a Mike Catherwood. Once again, ABC has delivered a must-avoid lineup of attention-cravers looking to temporarily boost themselves back into relevance (other than Hines, of course).
If you're as excited as I am about DWTS: Season 12, the program will debut on Monday, March 21 and the dancers and their professional partners will perform either the fox trot or the cha-cha. I can hardly contain myself. If this goes well, maybe James Harrison can get picked for Celebrity Apprentice next year.
And if you're wondering about Mark Madden's reaction (as I was earlier), you can find that here.