The typical NFL player's offseason workout regimen is physically grueling. In many cases, the exercises resemble routines from World's Strongest Man competitions. (Examples here). The pigskin faithful would likely consider boulder lifts, fire engine pulls and beer keg sprints to polish and build muscle excessive, but not abnormal.
However, Pittsburgh running back Rashard Mendenhall's(notes) alternative form of offseason conditioning is a bit, well, unconventional.
Instead of parachute runs and bench presses, the second-year product from Illinois traded in his cleats for a pair of rug-cutting shoes, signing up for a hip hop dance class. Franco Harris surely didn't approve.
Mendenhall, who's always possessed a curiosity for the arts, wanted an entertaining way to become more elusive, enhance flexibility, improve lateral quickness and prepare his body for the tolling 17-week regular season grind. According to his teacher Sandy Romah, the rusher was a hard-working student who was passionate about dance. She also added he was "very good, a natural." Move over Warren Sapp(notes).
Based on his Michael Jackson-themed recital earlier this summer at Chartiers Valley Intermediate Center outside Pittsburgh, Romah's observations were spot on. Attempt to tackle the smooth-grooving rusher, and you might just get served.