We all knew that running back Rashad Jennings was good on his feet, but he proved just how good this offseason by participating in, and winning, Dancing with the Stars.
The Lynchburg native has spent his summer touring with “Dancing with the Stars” and enjoying his latest piece of hardware: the Mirror Ball Trophy for winning the show’s 24th season.
The next major accomplishment for Jennings however, will be a new NFL contract.
Jennings was released by the New York Giants on February 13, 2017 after three seasons with the team. He played in 13 games last season, rushing for 593 yards, his lowest total since 2013, and scored 3 touchdowns on 181 carries. Jennings added 35 receptions for 201 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown in 2016.
He has also called the Raider and Jaguars home during his eight-year NFL career. Jennings was drafted by Jacksonville in the seventh round (250th overall) of the. The 32-year-old has rushed for 3,772 yards and 23 touchdowns on 930 carries.
This weekend Jennings was taking part in the third annual 180 Weekend, which attracted more than 500 local children to Saturday’s camp. The event concludes Sunday with the Jennings’ Family Fun Fest from 4 to 7 p.m. at Miller Park.
Jennings had this to say of his offseason and the hunt for a new home in the NFL on Saturday after the 180 event at Williams Stadium:
“It’s the offseason where I’m not allowed to be working with a team. I’m training myself.
“I’m in the best shape of my life. I’m always going to be in shape. That’s what I’m known for across the league. A team knows they’re going to have a player that’s going to be in the best shape of their life.
"Free agency right now, I’m going into year nine. I understand free agency and how it works. I feel like I’ll be landing with a team in the next two months, but right now I feel I’m in such a peaceful place in my life, though, from transitioning to another team, transitioning to other things outside of football, doing all the philanthropic work that I do. I’m just in a peaceful place.”
As for his Dancing with the Stars experience, Jennings said:
“I can’t compare it to anything I’ve ever done. Emma [Slater] is the best. That’s my girl. We became best friends instantly and we’ll always keep in touch every day. It was an emotional roller coaster. It was an emotional journey. Again you can’t compare it to anything else. I feel like doing that number for my dad, especially. There were two dances where I did not think about the next step, the next move, and ‘The Contemporary’ was one of them. That’s because I felt like I was expressing myself more as a dancer.”
Source: Damien Sordelett- The News and Advance · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS