Take the lead

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Take the lead

Photo by: ABC/Bob D’Amico

Former Bulldog and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward (BSFCS ’98) traded football for the foxtrot this spring when he became a contestant on season 12 of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.” Ward and his partner, pro dancer Kym Johnson, competed against rivals including actress Kirstie Alley and boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard. Halfway through the competition, Ward showed strength in both ballroom and Latin dances and earned praise from the judges for his musicality and hip action. Contestants advance based on a combination of judges’ scores and viewer votes; at press time, Ward was one of five celebrities still vying for the show’s mirrorball trophy.