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"Dancing With the Stars" Season 8 lineup announced

Number 56 is in.

Lawrence Taylor, the greatest outside linebacker in Giants history, will be on the eighth season of "Dancing With the Stars."

Don't snicker (and certainly don't snicker in front of LT). Other famed grid stars have probably made it safe for big men to waltz - or jive, or samba, or Mambo, Rumba, Jitterbug or (umm) cha-cha.

Dallas Cowboy Emmitt Smith was the 2006 champion, while veteran defensive tackle Warren Sapp came perilously close to winning last season. Now, it's the charter member of the Big Blue Wrecking Crew's turn.

And in a "DWTS" first, a famous husband/wife team will compete against each other: singer Jewel, and Ty Murray, a rodeo champion.

Taylor was not the most unusual name dropped last night, in ABC's "Name Drop Night" for "DWTS." Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, is on board. So is Steve-O, stunt man on shows like "Jackass" and "Wildboyz."

The rest of the cast announced last night:

David Alan Grier, affectionately known as "DAG" to fans of "In Living Color," currently host of Comedy Central's "Chocolate News."

Shawn Johnson, the 2008 Olympic women's balance beam gold medalist with the big sunny smile who got almost (but not quite) as much attention as Michael Phelps in the recent Olympics.

Country music singer Chuck Wicks

Belinda Carlisle, of '80s all-girl band the Go-Gos.

Gilles Marini, or Dante, who lived next door to Samantha ( Kim Cattrall) in the "Sex and the City" movie.

Denise Richards, actress, model and Charlie Sheen ex.

Lil' Kim, top rapper ("The Naked Truth," remember?)

Nancy O'Dell, co-host (with Billy Bush) of "Access Hollywood."

The new season starts March 9 on ABC.


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