Von Miller didn’t dominate ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” on Monday night in quite the same fashion as he did Super Bowl 50 last month. He was quite fashionable though, as the Denver Broncos linebacker was decked out in a shiny blue suit trimmed with beads, an orange tie and pocket square and his signature glasses while performing the Foxtrot.
Miller and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown both held their own while moonlighting on the reality competition show. They each earned a score of 21 out of 30 from the panel of judges. Brown even drew a comparison to past “Dancing With the Stars” champion Emmitt Smith for his charm and energy.
One of the judges, Carrie Ann Inaba, contrasted the two NFL stars by describing Miller as more “soft and silky,” compared to Brown’s “fiery and kind of wild” performance.
Not exactly the type of analysis those guys typically get on Sundays or Monday nights.
Their scores were among the best of the night, leaving them in contention to follow former NFL standouts Smith, Hines Ward, and Donald Driver, all of whom won the DWTS title.
Former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie is also competing in this season’s cast. The 53-year-old didn’t fare quite as well as his younger counterparts, getting a 5 from each of the judges. But they encouragingly told him that everyone loves an underdog. That was fitting for the 5-foot-10 Flutie, who said he’s been an underdog all his life.
Dressed in Boston College colors and dancing to “Sweet Caroline,” Flutie dedicated his Foxtrot to the people of Boston and New England.
Meanwhile, Brown wore black and a very-shiny gold vest and bowtie while dancing the Quickstep. His performance required a ton of footwork, a slide move and a spin move. It left him sweating profusely until co-host Erin Andrews mercifully handed him the DWTS version of a “Terrible Towel.”
Miller began his performance on a fake podium, pretending to hold a press conference as the Super Bowl 50 MVP before breaking into his Foxtrot.
Both Miller and Brown had a handful of teammates in the crowd. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin also voiced his support for Brown earlier in the day at the NFL league meetings -- predicting that Brown will win the whole thing.
“He’s gonna win, isn’t he?" Tomlin said. "We all know how that story ends. He’s a sick competitor. He’s a hard worker. He’s got a winning smile. I’d vote for him.”
ESPN Steelers reporter Jeremy Fowler contributed to this report.