Salt Lake City, Utah-based USANA can now boast about the ballroom dancing skills of one of its Brand Ambassadors. Team USANA Brand Ambassador Rashad Jennings and his pro partner, Emma Slater, won the coveted Mirrorball Trophy on the Season 24 finale of ABC’s hit show, Dancing with the Stars.
Jennings, the NFL running back who has played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders and New York Giants, signed up for Dancing with the Stars earlier this year as a fun opportunity to learn another new skill. “At the beginning of this journey, signing up, I didn’t know what I was getting into, and I knew I was going to learn how to dance,” said Jennings. “But if you had told me I would have made it to the finals, I wouldn’t have believed you.”
With tough competition among fellow professional athletes David Ross and Simone Biles, and Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei throughout the season, Jennings and Slater were able to deliver memorable dances that allowed them to head into the two-night finale at the top of the leaderboard. Jennings then earned his first perfect scores from the judges for both his Viennese Waltz redemption dance and his freestyle performance, securing his spot at the top.
“Rashad is a tremendous athlete and individual, which can be seen in everything that he does,” said Dan Macuga, USANA Chief Communications and Marketing Officer. “It has been fun to watch him perform on a different type of stage and showcase another one of his talents. We congratulate him on this well-deserved achievement.”
Jennings is the fourth NFL player to win the Mirrorball Trophy. Emmitt Smith, Donald Driver and Hines Ward were previous winners.
According to the USANA website, Jennings overcame a childhood riddled with asthma and poor nutrition. He played football for Liberty University, where he was chosen as the conference Offensive Player of the Year as a junior. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2009. The self-proclaimed health nut, who sleeps in a hyberbaric chamber, is currently a free agent.
“To maintain a healthy lifestyle, you’ve got to find products that complement you and provide the nutrients you need,” Jennings said. “USANA has a great product line. It’s clean. I do not have to worry about failing any drug tests.”