Rashad Jennings felt like he wasn’t talented being he was overweight as a child. He also had asthma to the point he was once on his death bed. Everythng changed when one day his Dad asked him what he wanted to do with his life. Lots more at Entertainment Tonight including how his Dancing With The Stars partner, Emma Slater, plans to tell his story.
And now, he’s using his legs to dance for his dad on Dancing With the Stars. When ET asks if there’s any story he could tell through dance, he says it would undoubtedly be this one… and he has faith that his pro partner, Emma Slater, will choreograph a routine that will perfectly encapsulate his journey.
“I should have never, ever, ever, ever made it to the NFL,” he insists. “So, to be in a position where I’m dancing with Dancing With the Stars on ABC, this is just — I’m still shocked.”
“I want to dedicate a song to my father,” he adds. “Both of his legs had to be amputated, so for me to be able to dance for him, it’s just like when I think about playing football. My father doesn’t have legs, so I get to run, for him. Obviously he can’t dance, so to be able to dance for him I think would be every emotional for me.”
And according to Emma, it’s going to happen.
“Rashad is a wonderful, incredible person,” she tells ET. “His story is amazing, about that kind of unconditional love that he has for his dad. He’s made his life dedicated to bringing his dad back in a sense … it was just so heartfelt when he told me, so I knew that that was something that’s going to be in our season.”
“We’re definitely going to pay ode to his dad and the kind of unique relationship they have,” she continues. “Because it didn’t start off the way it is now, so I think it’s really quite unique and tells the story of who Rashad is today.”
Jennings says that today, he’s “kind of a living witness” of loving family, and “keeping God in your life, consistently trying to do the right things [so] that good things will come back to you over time.”