While female Olympians have struck Mirrorball glory on “Dancing with the Stars
,” it’s a different story for the dudes. The most successful male athletes on the show are football players. Shocking, right? (Not.) Of the 10 athletes that have won “Dancing” in its first 25 seasons, six were men and four of those men were pigskin players. So you can probably book a football player or two for the upcoming “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes.” But which of these six champs has your vote?
The first male athlete to win “Dancing” was Dallas Cowboys
great Emmitt Smith
, who won Season 3 in 2006 with Cheryl Burke
over Mario Lopez
and Karina Smirnoff
, who outscored Smith and Burke during the season. Smith and Burke reteamed for the all-star season and finished fourth.
Smith was the beginning of four straight athlete champs, with Kristi Yamaguchi
being the fourth. Short track speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno,