Michael Sam, Olympian Nastia Liukin to compete on Dancing With the Stars
The competitors for season 20 of Dancing With the Stars have been announced and among them are former SEC defensive player of the year Michael Sam and gold medal-winning gymnast Nastia Liukin.
The cast was announced on Tuesday's Good Morning America, and in addition to the athletes the group includes actress Suzanne Somers, singer Patti LaBelle and model Charlotte McKinney.
After the announcement, Sam tweeted that his primary goal is still making an NFL roster.
stay ready, I am ecstatic to participate in a fun, athletic competition like so many players before me have done. Filming this (2/4)— Michael Sam (@MichaelSam52) February 24, 2015
offseason is very flexible and allows me to be part of the veterans combine 3/22 if accepted or any other workouts. (3/4)— Michael Sam (@MichaelSam52) February 24, 2015
Both NFL players and gymnasts have a long history on the show, with Emmitt Smith, Hines Ward, Donald Driver and Liukin's 2008 Olympic teammate, Shawn Johnson, all taking home the competition's top prize.
The show is set to premiere on March 16, with one more surprise competitors still to be named. - Brendan Maloy