Michael Sam joins cast of ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars'
Eleven of the twelve celebrities for this season of Dancing with the Stars were announced on Good Morning America Tuesday.
This season’s celebrity list includes Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL player, and singer Patti LaBelle. LaBelle will partner with Artem Chigvintsev, and Sam will partner with Peta Murgatroyd.
The list also includes Noah Galloway, Shark Tank‘s Robert Herjavec, Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin, Glee‘s Riker Lynch, Carl’s Jr.’s model Charlotte McKinney, LMFAO’s Red Foo, The Hunger Games’ Willow Shields, Suzanne Somers and Rumer Willis.
Sam, who was cut from the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad in October, says his participation in the show does not mean he’s giving up on his NFL dream.
Very excited to be a part of @DancingABC. Football remains my unquestioned number 1 priority, however, while I continue to train and (1/4)
— Michael Sam (@MichaelSam52) February 24, 2015
The new season comes back to ABC on March 16.