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If Smith and Rice do a little, uh, Texas two-step on the stage at Fawcett Stadium, they could be excused, as well. Smith won “Dancing with the Stars” and Rice was a runner-up on the popular television show.

“I know for me, people did not get a chance to see my face or personality,” Smith said, noting the common belief that football players are “barbaric, gladiators and soldiers and all these other analogies they associate us with. When it comes to `Dancing with the Stars,’ it’s about the personalities, who we are when we are not in uniform, and I think `Dancing with the Stars’ gave us an opportunity to reach out in another way.”

Now they’ve reached the pinnacle of their profession.