Former New York Giants player and BBC NFL presenter Jason Bell has been confirmed for the brand-new series of Strictly Come Dancing. The UK dance competition, which is in its 18th series, will return in the autumn on BBC One putting the sparkle back into Saturday and Sunday nights.
Following the news being revealed, Jason said: "Strictly is the epitome of British television and this year, more than ever, I'm so proud and humbled to be participating. Strictly was the first show I ever watched when I moved to the UK and I'm a massive fan. My 6 year-old daughter never got the chance to see me run out on the field at an NFL game but she is very excited about me taking to the dance floor. I hope I can do her proud."
While Jason is the first ever NFL player to be featured on Strictly Come Dancing, there is a rich history of NFL talent on the American version Dancing with the Stars. Rashad Jennings, Hines Ward, Emmitt Smith and Donald Driver were all crowned champions in their respective seasons.
A former NFL Cornerback and Safety Jason played for the Dallas Cowboys in 2001 before moving on to the Houston Texans from 2002-2005, where he was named a recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award, one of the league's highest honors. He finished his professional career with the New York Giants.
Outside of Strictly Come Dancing you can watch Jason Bell alongside two-time Super Bowl winner Osi Umenyiora and Mark Chapman on The NFL Show, Saturday nights on BBC One. The programme features weekly expert analysis, unique insight and all the key action and storylines from the NFL.