Times guest blogger Hines Ward discusses Week 7 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 7, which he offered via email.
Q: Your first 10 of the season. That must have been a big confidence boost. How did having Luca Baricchi come in this week help? It seemed he was really beneficial to all the guys he worked with.
He was very helpful. I mean to have the advice of someone of his caliber from the dance world is like having a Jerry Rice or a Lynn Swann giving me advice about my play on the football field. Plus it was nice to hear the advice of another male dancer on how I could improve and be the best partner I can be for Kym. He was great.
Q: On Mondays, would you rather dance first and get it over with (and take the chance the audience at home will forget about you) or dance last after watching everyone else (and have your dance fresh in the audence's minds at home).
I kind of like being in the middle so I can see how the judges are feeling and then see what I am up against from the other celebs. Plus I listen to what the judges are saying to the others and take the advice to heart for myself in my dance.
Q: You and Kym seem to have a good relationship and connect well on the dance floor. What is the most surprising thing you have learned about her?
She never ceases to amaze me. I learn so much from her every day. I mean she turned me into a dancer and I've never danced before in my life. She is just an amazing person. An amazing coach and choreographer. She has impressed me from day one.
Q: Did you watch the NFL draft, what did you think of the Steelers' picks?
I caught the recap after my dance rehearsal. I think we did well. We drafted to fill our needs and I am looking forward to welcoming the rookies to the team. I actually called our first-round pick [Ohio State defensive tackle Cam Heyward] and congratulated him and welcomed him to the team. Can't wait to see all the guys again.
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 and his dancing partner, Kym Johnson, on Tuesday night's episode of "Dancing With the Stars." Credit: Adam Taylor / ABC