Monday Night Countdown Segment To Feature Steelers NT Steve McLendon Doing Ballet

Tonight, on ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown, Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon will be featured practicing ballet in a segment by Rick Reilly.

According to a July article by Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, McLendon started ballet lessons during his senior year at Troy University in Alabama in order to obtain a few easy credits. His instructor at the time reportedly told him it would help him become a better football player and he has continued to take lessons off and on ever since.

As we pointed out this past week, McLendon showed amazing footwork while defending the outside-zone in the season opening loss to the Tennessee Titans and while there were no pirouettes involved, he stayed square to the line while maintaining his gap responsibilities.

McLendon, who will reportedly be joined in the segment by fellow Steelers defensive linemen Ziggy Hood and Al Woods, is of course not the first Pittsburgh player to use ballet in order to help his game. Hall of Fame wide receiver Lynn Swann credited several years of dance lessons that included ballet, tap and jazz to his success.

In order to prepare you for the Monday night McLendon ballet segment, here is an old NFL Films segment featuring Swann and his use of ballet during his career.

  • schlong

    Speaking of ESPN, The Bus just picked us to lose tonight…hurt to watch

  • Bilgewater D

    Everyone should pick us to lose.

  • cencalsteeler

    Good! It should be that much more motivation for these guys to turn this thing around!

  • Bilgewater D

    You would think so. I would like to see some swagger and aggression, but I’m not hopeful.

  • cencalsteeler

    Let’s go Bilgewater!!! We need you tonight!!!! If we lose, we have all week to bitch! But tonight, we have hope!!!!! Let’s do this!!!

  • Bilgewater D

    I’m good. I just want to see them play with some kind of fire in their bellies. I want to see the same level of aggression we’re used to seeing out of a Steeler team.