March 03, 2009 02:00 PM by Paulene Hinds
The 50-year-old retired legendary linebacker,Lawrence Taylorsays he is in it to win it this season on Dancing With The Stars and sent a message to all of the other contestants vying for the mirror ball trophy, “Watch out!”
“I am in this competition to win,”Lawrence Taylortold the Daily News. “There are much better dancers on the show, but nobody works harder than me.”
The NFL superstar has been training over 20 hours a week to prepare for the season premiere of the hit ABC show Dancing With The Starsand he has already shed 25 pounds! Although Lawrence Taylor is accustomed to being put to the test on the football field he says that preparing for the competition is harder than he expected.
“Dancing for this show is not like dancing in the club,” he told the Daily News. “The dances I’m learning are very technical. I had never been exposed to ballroom dancing so I am learning how to point my toe and learning all the technical stuff that the judges look for.”
Why would an NFL Hall of Famer decide to take on a show like Dancing With The Stars, besides following in the footsteps of other football alumi such as Emmitt Smith, who won the competition in 2006, Jason Taylor, Jerry Rice and Warren Sapp? To improve his health of course!
“I’ve always been under some kind of exercise regimen,” Lawrence Taylor said. “Dancing is serious exercise and your body moves in many different directions.” He added, “I never watched the show before, but I know that other football players have danced. I look forward to the start of the show because it will be a challenge.”
Lawrence Taylorhas one goal in mind as he prepares to dance with his pro partner Edyta Sliwinski this season. “My goal is to do my best and not embarrass myself or my family,” Lawrence Taylor said. “I’m a fighter and a competitor and I want to win. The longer I last on the show, the harder I will dance.”
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