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Meet the Star: Keyshawn Johnson

Keyshawn Johnson is multi-talented business entrepreneur, media broadcaster, television personality, and elite athlete. He is CEO and a co-founder of First Picks Management. Keyshawn is a former NFL Super Bowl champion and All Pro wide receiver. He was drafted #1 overall by the New York Jets in 1996 and also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers.

He joined ESPN in 2007 as an NFL studio analyst the same day he announced his retirement from the NFL. He appears on both Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown and co-hosts ESPN Radio's weekly Football Tonight Special on Fridays during the NFL season.

Keyshawn graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in History. He is the founder and chairman of the Keyshawn Johnson Education Foundation, which supported educational scholarships and programs that encourage youth to aspire towards education.

Keyshawn currently resides with his girlfriend Jennifer and their four children, Maia, Keyshawn, London and Vance.

Meet the Pro: Sharna Burgess

Sharna Burgess grew up in Australia and has always had a love for dance and entertainment. At the age of 5, Sharna began training in ballet, jazz and gymnastics. When she turned 8 her study of ballroom began and went on to win many local and national titles. At age 15, Sharna was chosen to represent Australia at the World Championships in both the Standard and Latin styles, and performed in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games closing ceremony. This was an honor and a memory she will never forget.

Following Sharna’s competitive career, she moved to London and continued to collect numerous titles around the globe and appeared in a UK tour with the theatre show, Simply Ballroom. Shortly after, she was scooped up to dance on the hit dance sensation, Burn The Floor. She was in the cast for 6 years and traveled to over 30 countries and 160 cities worldwide. Sharna had the opportunity to fulfill her childhood dream of dancing on Broadway, and to top it off she was a lead dancer.

Upon her departure from the theater, Sharna quickly made the transition to film and television. She has made guest appearances on Dancing with the Stars Australia, and So You Think You Can Dance Holland. She has worked with A-list choreographers to fuse the hip hop and latin to create a whole new style and even choreographed on the feature film, Street Dance 2 – 3D.

You may also recognize her from our DWTS Troupe, as she’s been dancing with us for 3 seasons. It is such a thrill for Sharna to choreograph, create and perform -- making her extremely excited about her new role as a Professional here at Dancing With The Stars.

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