Steelers receiver Brown struts stuff on 'Dancing with the Stars'

| Monday, March 21, 2016, 11:00 p.m.

The season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” ended with back-to-back performances by star players in the NFL — first, Antonio Brown of the Steelers, and last, linebacker Von Miller of the Broncos.

Could this season of dancing's Super Bowl make Brown the guy to beat, with fierce competition from his fellow football player? Will Steeler Nation get another win, five years after Hines Ward won the 12th season of DWTS? We will see.

So far, it looks like Brown and his professional dancing partner, Sharna Burgess, have started off well and impressed the three judges — along with fellow dancers and audience members, including a cheering Steelers group.

“I have very quickly learned that Antonio Brown is the very best wide receiver in the business today,” Burgess told the cameras.

And his talent, she said, stretches from the field to the dance floor.

Brown also loves catch phrases, Burgess observed, particularly, “How's business?” Well, if the couple could nail the quickstep, then business will be booming, she said. And it was, according to the judges who gushed over the duo's lively quickstep.

The flamboyant Bruno Tonioli said Brown, clad in a glittery gold and black jacket, has “megawatt charm and energy.” The athlete needs to stand straighter and not fold over, Tonioli said, but other than that, “the amount of talent you have is really out of this world,” he said.

“You know exactly what expression to put with what move,” Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said.

The judges gave Brown and Burgess scores of eight, six and seven — 21 out of 30 possible points. This was a high score for a first episode, but Miller and his partner Witney Carson matched the score with their foxtrot, while a Broncos section in the audience cheered.

Actress Kim Fields came out swinging with an energetic cha-cha in the opening scene of the show. Fans of the iconic ‘80s sitcom “The Facts of Life” will remember Fields as Tootie, who spent the first season of the show wearing roller skates.

The other cast members are actress Mischa Barton; actor and model Nyle DiMarco; NBC sports analyst and retired NFL star Doug Flutie; Broadway star and television hostess Marla Maples; musician Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men; broadcaster Geraldo Rivera; “Full House” actress Jodie Sweetin; UFC fighter Paige VanZant; and chief meteorologist of “Good Morning America,” Ginger Zee.

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