Times guest blogger Hines Ward discusses Week 6 on 'Dancing With the Stars'
The Times is pleased to have Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward guest-blogging for us while he competes on "Dancing With the Stars." Every Wednesday, Ward, a Super Bowl MVP and two-time Super Bowl champion, will answer a few questions from Fabulous Forum editor Houston Mitchell and give some insight into the competition. Here are Ward’s thoughts about Week 5, which he offered via email.
Q: Carrie Ann said for the first time it looked like you were thinking about the dance instead of just feeling it. True?
I really don't think so. I prepared for this dance just as hard as I have all the others and I didn't feel as though I was thinking any differently about this one. I was comfortable with it and didn't think I was overthinking anything but I guess Carrie Ann saw something from her perspective and I will take her comments to heart when I do my next dance.
Q: Does all the lockout news distract you during the week, or are you able to stay focused on the competition?
I really don't think about the lockout situation at all. I am too busy during my week preparing for my next dance and setting my sights on the Mirror Ball trophy. So this show has not only been an amazing experience but it has also been a great distraction during this stressful off-season.
I have felt like this was a friendly competition from day one. I really like everybody who is competing but at the end of the day we all have one goal in mind and that's to win this thing. Since there can only be one winner we all know that we have to give it our best week in and week out. But we all get along great so we can still keep our friendships even in the midst of the competition. Since we are coming down to the wire now we all are concerned about stepping it up and bringing our A game every week. And right now, it's anybody's game to win.
Q: We saw that you dance with a pillow to rehearse when you can't rehearse with Kym. But the pillow was a boring brown and beige color. Shouldn't you get a brightly colored pillow loaded with fringe to represent Kym?
Haha. Yes that's true. But it's the only color pillow in my furnished apartment. And make no mistake: The pillow can never replace Kym who is much more beautiful than that. But when I am alone in my apartment the pillow is all I got.
Q: Have you lost any weight or noticed any differences in your body after training for dancing compared with training for the NFL?
Most definitely. I feel like I am in the best shape of my life right now. I mean practice five hours a day, six days a week is pretty intense. Normally during my off-season I will take some time off and relax but this year with the show I could not do that. So whenever the lockout issue is resolved I feel like I will be ready to go in camp. I am already down to below my playing weight and feel lighter and quicker on my feet with all the dancing I am doing.
Besides being a Super Bowl MVP, Hines Ward is the founder of the Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation, which focuses on improving literacy among children and provides programs and services to better equip them for achieving and handling success in life.
Photo: Hines Ward dances with his partner Kym Johnson on 'Dancing With The Stars' on Monday night. Credit: Adam Taylor / ABC