Dancing with the athletes

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A look at all the professional athletes who have appeared as contestants on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."

EVANDER HOLYFIELD

The four-time heavyweight champion boxer, partnered with Edita
(Credit: ABC (June 8, 2005))

The four-time heavyweight champion boxer, partnered with Edita Sliwinska, was the second person eliminated in Season 1. Holyfield's jive netted just 13 points from the judges.

STACY KEIBLER

A former WWE Diva, Keibler partnered with Tony
(Credit: ABC (Feb. 16, 2006))

A former WWE Diva, Keibler partnered with Tony Dovolani and reached the finals of Season 2. She finished in third place behind Jerry Rice and Drew Lachey. Her worst dance all season was a 22 in the waltz, and she scored a perfect 30 in the samba.

JERRY RICE

The NFL's greatest receiver was the runner-up on
(Credit: ABC (Jan. 5, 2006))

The NFL's greatest receiver was the runner-up on Season 2 with his partner Anna Trebunskaya. He lost to Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke. Rice scored well with the freestyle and Cha-Cha-Cha, and not so good in the jive (19).

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EMMITT SMITH

The NFL's all-time leading rusher, just one year
(Credit: ABC (Nov. 7, 2006))

The NFL's all-time leading rusher, just one year into his retirement, became the first athlete to win the mirror ball trophy, thanks to perfect scores in the samba, mambo, rumba and Cha-Cha-Cha. Of course, having Cheryl Burke as his partner didn't hurt either for the Season 3 champ.

CLYDE DREXLER

One of the NBA's 50 greatest players, but
(Credit: ABC (April 17, 2007))

One of the NBA's 50 greatest players, but not one of DWTS' 50 best celebrity dancers. His Rumba with partner Elena Grinenko to Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" left the judges asking that exact question. "The Glide" was the fourth person booted in Season 4.

LAILA ALI

The daughter of Muhammad Ali and an accomplished
(Credit: ABC (March 2007))

The daughter of Muhammad Ali and an accomplished professional boxer (24-0, three-time super middleweight champ), Ali partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy and made it to the final round before finishing in third place behind Apolo Anton Ohno and Joey Fatone.

APOLO ANTON OHNO

The most decorated Winter Olympian in American history
(Credit: ABC (March 2007))

The most decorated Winter Olympian in American history (eight medals) added the Season 4 "Dancing With the Stars" trophy to his resume in May 2007. It was the first of three "DWTS" titles for Olympians, and the first of two titles for his partner Julianne Hough.

FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR.

Partnered with Karina Smirnoff, the undefeated fighter (49-0,
(Credit: ABC (October 2007))

Partnered with Karina Smirnoff, the undefeated fighter (49-0, 26 knockouts) only made it to Week 5 on Season 5.

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HELIO CASTRONEVES

The Indy race car driver never scored lower
(Credit: ABC)

The Indy race car driver never scored lower than a 23 with partner Julianne Hough en route to the Season 5 title in November 2007. The duo received perfect scores in the quickstep, foxtrot and Cha-cha-cha.

MONICA SELES

A six-time Grand Slam champion in tennis, Seles
(Credit: ABC (March 24, 2008))

A six-time Grand Slam champion in tennis, Seles didn't fare as well on this hardcourt. She scored a pair of 15s on the foxtrot and mambo with partner Jonathan Roberts and was the first female eliminated in Season 6.

JASON TAYLOR

An All-Pro defensive end and Hall of Famer,
(Credit: ABC (May 12, 2008))

An All-Pro defensive end and Hall of Famer, Taylor quickstepped his way to the final round of Season 6 with partner Edyta Sliwinska but lost to Kristi Yamaguchi.

KRISTI YAMAGUCHI

An Olympic figure skating gold medalist in 1992,
(Credit: ABC (May 12, 2008))

An Olympic figure skating gold medalist in 1992, Yamaguchi partnered with Mark Ballas and won Season 6 in May 2008. It marked the fourth straight season where an athlete won "Dancing With the Stars."

MISTY MAY-TREANOR

An Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist, she partnered
(Credit: ABC (Sept. 29, 2008))

An Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist, she partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. She scored three straight 21s in Season 7 then had to withdraw after rupturing her Achilles tendon in a training session.

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MAURICE GREENE

A four-time Olympic medalist and five-time world champion
(Credit: ABC (Oct. 20, 2008))

A four-time Olympic medalist and five-time world champion sprinter, Green danced with Cheryl Burke and was among the final five contestants on Season 7.

WARREN SAPP

The 300- pound, trash-talking, quarterback-sacking Sapp eased into
(Credit: ABC (Nov. 10, 2008))

The 300- pound, trash-talking, quarterback-sacking Sapp eased into retirement in 2008 by partnering with Kym Johnson and reaching the Season 7 finals. He lost to Brooke Burke.

LAWRENCE TAYLOR

He may have changed the way linebackers played
(Credit: ABC (April 2009))

He may have changed the way linebackers played in the NFL, but there was no such magic on the dance floor. However, Taylor, partnered with Edyta Sliwinska, did manage to last until Week 8 in Season 8.

SHAWN JOHNSON

A gold-medal winning Olympic gymnast, Johnson managed to
(Credit: ABC (May 18, 2010))

A gold-medal winning Olympic gymnast, Johnson managed to pull off one of the bigger surprises in "DWTS" history by defeating favorite Gilles Marini in the Season 8 final. She partnered with Mark Ballas and became the fifth athlete -- and third Olympian -- to win the Mirror Ball trophy.

CHUCK LIDDELL

You don't typically see mohawks on the
(Credit: ABC (Oct. 12, 2009))

You don't typically see mohawks on the "DWTS" dance floor. You don't typically see mixed martial artists there, either. But Chuck Liddell, a former UFC light heavyweight champion who danced with Anna Trebunskaya, lasted six weeks on Season 9.

NATALIE COUGHLIN

An Olympic gold-medalist in swimming, Coughlin partnered with
(Credit: ABC (Oct. 19, 2009))

An Olympic gold-medalist in swimming, Coughlin partnered with Alec Mazo and lasted through seven weeks on Season 9.

LOUIE VITO

A world champion snowboarder, Vito danced with Chelsie
(Credit: ABC (Oct. 26, 2009))

A world champion snowboarder, Vito danced with Chelsie Hightower and got halfway through Season 9 before he was eliminated.

MICHAEL IRVIN

A three-time Super Bowl champion with the Dallas
(Credit: ABC (Oct. 26, 2009))

A three-time Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys, Irvin already had a flair for the dramatic before joining the Season 9 cast of "DWTS." Partnered with Anna Demidova, Irvin had the lowest score of any castmember in six dances yet still managed to watch nine other celebrities get eliminated before him.

CHAD OCHOCINCO

The outspoken receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals partnered
(Credit: ABC (May 17, 2010))

The outspoken receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals partnered with two-time "DWTS" champion Cheryl Burke for Season 10. Together, they reached the semifinals.

EVAN LYSACEK

Three months after becoming the first U.S. male
(Credit: ABC (May 17, 2010))

Three months after becoming the first U.S. male skater to win Olympic gold in 22 years, he reached the Season 10 final with partner Anna Trebunskaya in May 2010. There, he became the first Olympian to lose once reaching the "Dancing" finale.

RICK FOX

A retired NBA baller, Fox teamed with Cheryl
(Credit: ABC (Nov. 1, 2010))

A retired NBA baller, Fox teamed with Cheryl Burke and had a good run on Season 11. He was the seventh person eliminated.

KURT WARNER

Newly retired from the NFL in the fall
(Credit: ABC (Oct. 4, 2010))

Newly retired from the NFL in the fall of 2010, Kurt Warner danced with Anna Trebunskaya and lasted nine weeks on Season 11.

SUGAR RAY LEONARD

A former boxer, Leonard danced with Anna Trebunskaya
(Credit: AP (March 28, 2011))

A former boxer, Leonard danced with Anna Trebunskaya but couldn't get past Week 4 and the Viennese Waltz on Season 12.

CHRIS JERICHO

The pro wrestler who grew up in Manhasset,
(Credit: AP (April 4, 2011))

The pro wrestler who grew up in Manhasset, partnered with two-time champion Cheryl Burke, was an early contender on Season 12 but became the fifth person eliminated.

HINES WARD

The Super Bowl-winning wide receiver with the Steelers
(Credit: AP (April 4, 2011))

The Super Bowl-winning wide receiver with the Steelers added another trophy to his mantle after being crowned the winner of Season 12. Ward found a way to occupy his time during the NFL lockout with dance partner Kym Johnson and beat Kirstie Alley and Chelsea Kane in the final.

METTA WORLD PEACE

The NBA champion and former St. John's standout
(Credit: ABC)

The NBA champion and former St. John's standout from Queensbridge was the first person eliminated in Season 13, along with his partner, Peta Murgatroyd.

HOPE SOLO

Solo, the former goalkeeper for the U.S. women's
(Credit: ABC)

Solo, the former goalkeeper for the U.S. women's soccer national team, reached the semifinals on Season 13 with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

DONALD DRIVER

The former Green Bay Packers wide receiver partnered
(Credit: AP)

The former Green Bay Packers wide receiver partnered with pro dancer Peta Murgatroyd and won Season 14 of "Dancing With the Stars."

MARTINA NAVRATILOVA

The tennis legend, paired with Tony Dovolani, was
(Credit: ABC)

The tennis legend, paired with Tony Dovolani, was the first one eliminated on Season 14 of "Dancing With the Stars."

SHAWN JOHNSON

The Olympic gymnast, a Season 8 champion, returned
(Credit: ABC)

The Olympic gymnast, a Season 8 champion, returned for the All-Star season, and partnered with Derek Hough. Johnson took second to Melissa Rycroft.

EMMITT SMITH

Smith, the NFL's all-time leading rusher and a
(Credit: ABC)

Smith, the NFL's all-time leading rusher and a former "DWTS" champion, returned for the show's all-star season and made it to the final four with partner Cheryl Burke.

HELIO CASTRONEVES

The Indy race car driver and former DWTS
(Credit: ABC)

The Indy race car driver and former DWTS champion teamed with Chelsie Hightower for the all-star season and was the fourth person eliminated.

APOLO ANTON OHNO

USA's most decorated Winter Olympian returned to the
(Credit: ABC)

USA's most decorated Winter Olympian returned to the "DWTS" stage for the all-star season, partnered with Karina Smirnoff and finished fifth.

ALY RAISMAN

Raisman, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in women's
(Credit: ABC)

Raisman, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in women's gymnastics, and partner Mark Ballas appeared as finalists on Season 16.

JACOBY JONES

A Super Bowl champion with the Baltimore Ravens,
(Credit: ABC)

A Super Bowl champion with the Baltimore Ravens, Jones spent the offseason dancing his way to the finals with partner Karina Smirnoff on Season 16.

VICTOR ORTIZ

The pro boxer partnered with Lindsay Arnold and
(Credit: ABC)

The pro boxer partnered with Lindsay Arnold and made it to Week 5 on Season 16.

DOROTHY HAMILL

The former Olympic figure skater withdrew after her
(Credit: ABC)

The former Olympic figure skater withdrew after her second dance with partner Tristan MacManus because of a back injury on Season 16.

KEYSHAWN JOHNSON

Johnson, who played his first four NFL seasons
(Credit: AP / Rainier Ehrhardt)

Johnson, who played his first four NFL seasons with the Jets, appeared on "Dancing with the Stars" in Season 17. Apparently he wasn't as skilled a dancer as he was a football player -- Johnson finished last alongside partner Sharna Burgess.

SEAN AVERY

The former Rangers center, partnered with Karina Smirnoff,
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(Credit: Rob Rich / SocietyAllure.com)

The former Rangers center, partnered with Karina Smirnoff, was the second person eliminated on Season 18.

CHARLIE WHITE & MERYL DAVIS

The figure skating duo who won gold at
(Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP / Evan Agostini)

The figure skating duo who won gold at the 2014 Sochi Games competed on Season 18 of "DWTS" with different partners. White, paired with Sharna Burgess, was the seventh person eliminated, while Davis went on to win alongside partner Maksim Chmerkovsky.

LOLO JONES

The Olympic hurdler-turned-bobsledder notably had a breakdown on
(Credit: ABC / Craig Sjodin)

The Olympic hurdler-turned-bobsledder notably had a breakdown on Season 19 of "DWTS" after she and partner Keo Motsepe were eliminated first.

RANDY COUTURE

The former UFC title holder, partnered with Karina
(Credit: Getty Images / Mark Davis)

The former UFC title holder, partnered with Karina Smirnoff, was the third person eliminated on Season 19.

MICHAEL WALTRIP

The four-time NASCAR Cup winner, partnered with Emma
(Credit: ABC / Craig Sjodin)

The four-time NASCAR Cup winner, partnered with Emma Slater, was the seventh person eliminated on Season 19.

MICHAEL SAM

Michael Sam, who became the first openly gay
(Credit: ABC / Craig Sjodin)

Michael Sam, who became the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team in 2014, was the third person eliminated from Season 20, along with partner Peta Murgatroyd.

NASTIA LIUKIN

The five-time Olympic medalist, partnered with Derek Hough,
(Credit: ABC / Craig Sjodin)

The five-time Olympic medalist, partnered with Derek Hough, was the ninth person eliminated from Season 20.

DOUG FLUTIE

The former NFL quarterback, partnered with Karina Smirnoff,
(Credit: ABC / Craig Sjodin)

The former NFL quarterback, partnered with Karina Smirnoff, was the fourth person eliminated from Season 22.

VON MILLER

Super Bowl 50 MVP and Denver Broncos outside
(Credit: ABC / Craig Sjodin)

Super Bowl 50 MVP and Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller, partnered with Witney Carson, was the fifth person eliminated from Season 22.

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