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Ray Lewis Makes His 'Dancing With The Stars' Debut

September 17, 2019
Ray Lewis was known for his dancing even during his playing days, so how did the former Baltimore Ravens linebacker and NFL Hall of Famer perform on his first night of "Dancing With The Stars?"

The show did not announce partners ahead of time this season, but during the episode fans found out that Lewis is dancing with Cheryl Burke, a two-time winner who brought home the mirror ball with Drew Lachey in season two and Emmitt Smith in season three.

Starting off this year's premiere, Lewis made it clear he's still a Raven through and through, from his purple suit to his signature "squirrel" dance as he made his familiar entrance to Nelly's "Hot in Herre."

Burke and Lewis drew the salsa for their opening night dance and received a score of 15 out of 30 with a 5 from each judge, leaving plenty of room for improvement. 

In case you missed his performance, check out the quick highlight below or you can watch the full dance here:

Lewis seems to have plenty of support from other former NFL players who've been through the "Dancing With The Stars" experience themselves.

Former Cowboys outside linebacker and defensive end DeMarcus Ware, who competed on season 27 of DWTS, was in attendance for the premiere

And former Giants, Raiders and Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings, who competeted on season 24 of DWTS, tweeted his support:

Lewis isn't the first former Ravens player to switch out his cleats for dancing shoes. Wide receiver Jacoby Jones finished third on the show in 2013.

What other former Baltimore athletes would you want to see on the show? In 2017, Glenn Clark shared his Top 15 ... and Ray Lewis was No. 3

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