What are Calvin “Megatron” Johnson’s Odds to Win Dancing with the Stars 23?
Odds to Win Dancing With the Stars 23Laurie Hernandez +250
Amber Rose +700
Vanilla Ice +700
Calvin Johnson +750
Jana Kramer +800
Marilu Henner +1000
Jake T. Austin +1000
Ryan Lochte +1000
James Hinchcliffe +1200
Terra Jole +1600
Maureen McCormick +3300
Rick Perry +3300
“To me, he’s not much of a dancer at all,” Lions wide receiver TJ Jones said. “I’ve never even seen him wiggle his shoulders. That’s why, for me, it’s like, I’ll believe it when I’ll see it.”
Another former teammate expanded on Jones’ comments.
“I went to his wedding and I didn’t know that he had those type of dance skills. So we’ll see,” Lions receiver Golden Tate said. “It’ll be fun to watch. I think he definitely can do it. I think he’s going to give it his all. I’m definitely going to record that series and keep him in my favorites to text him when he dances.”
Tate said he saw Johnson dance only twice at his wedding this spring. Once with his bride, Brittney and the other was a classic mother-son dance.
Asked how Johnson was as a dancer, Tate said, “Stiff.”
“I’m excited to see him, because that’s something we don’t get to see very much with Calvin. He’s kind of reserved and keeps to himself,” Tate said. “I’m glad to see himself put himself out there.”
Johnson is scheduled to partner with professional ballroom dancer Lindsay Arnold, who reached the show’s semifinals last year.
Still, Detroit running back Ameer Abdullah said he doesn’t expect Johnson to duplicate the feats of some other football players who have fared well on the show, including Jerry Rice, the NFL’s all-time leading receiver, who finished second in 2009 and Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith who won it all back in 2006.
“He’s going to do awful,” Abdullah said. “He’s going to do awful, that’s a given. But he’s giving it his best shot, that’s all you can ask for.”
Johnson, who hung up his cleats in March following a stupendous nine-year run as the most dominant receiver in the league and holds virtually every Lions receiving record, said he believes some of his former skills will translate well into DWTS.
“Maybe the footwork,” Jones said. “Maybe being in shape, used to working out, having to be conditioned to perform a routine. So there’s definitely some things that can pan out, but it’s a very different sport.”
Lions coach Jim Caldwell summed up Johnson’s chances by saying, “I think he’ll be able to hold his own. He’s been very, very good at everything else he’s done. I think he might surprise everybody.”