Terrell Owens will appear on the upcoming 25th season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, the former Eagle announced on Good Morning America Tuesday.
Owens, 43, will be partnered with professional dancer Cheryl Burke.
“If I can handle Bill Parcells, then I can handle Cheryl,” Owens said, comparing his upcoming DWTS run with the famous former Dallas Cowboys coach. “But it’s going to be a challenge. Yesterday we got our first start at trying to learn some steps, so that’s that challenge.”
Owens is not the first former NFL pro whom Burke has worked with on the show. Previously, the two-time DWTS champ took home a victory with ex-Cowboy Emmitt Smith, and spent season 10 of the show with wide receiver Chad Johnson (then known as Chad Ochocinco).
Owens said he asked Johnson for some tips on his upcoming appearance on the show.
“He said it’s going to be a lot of work, but I expect nothing different,” Owens told GMA. “This is going to be a challenge for me. definitely. [It’s] definitely not in my wheelhouse. I danced as a little kid, but this is nothing like what I’m going to expect, I’m sure.”
Burke, meanwhile, said that she plans to use Owens’ performative nature to her advantage in the competition — an element of T.O.’s personality with which football fans are familiar. After all, the guy is known for having enough touchdown dances for people to make lists of their favorites.
One, of course, is “The Bird” — a dance for which Owens became known during the Eagles’ 2004 season. A majestic, slow moving dance that mimics an Eagle in flight, Owens would bust out The Bird for touchdowns or big plays that season. The question, however, is whether he’ll break it out again for DWTS — and judging from what Burke said on GMA, we might have a chance.
“As long as we do the work in the studio and practice hard,” the pro dancer said, “then he can do whatever he likes on the dance floor.”
In addition to Owens, this season of DWTS will feature celebrity performers including Property Brothers star Drew Scott, Rocky III star Mr. T, and former Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Kattan.
The new season begins Sept. 18 on ABC.