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Terrell Owens relives performing for his late grandmother

Former NFL star on the gridiron Terrell “T.O.” Owens showed eloquence on the ballroom floor in a performance dedicated to his late grandmother.

It was an emotional night on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” Monday, October 9. Reminiscing about his performance on Monday night Owens was posting on social media Friday, October 13, reliving his preparation heading into his performance. One he dedicated to his “everything.” His grandmother who passed away in 2012.

“If u missed #DWTS on Monday then u missed a treat. This is a night I’ll never ever forget,” Owens posted on Instagram Friday. “Thank you @cherylburke so so much, for making my “Most Memorable Year” night a night to remember. The song “I Have Nothing” by the lovely Whitney Houston says it all. Truly, without God and my grandmama I would have nothing. Thank you @dancingabc for allowing me to share my story with you and the millions that watched.”

During the episode he talked about being raised by his grandmother Alice when his father wasn’t around. He also talked about her diagnosis with dementia during his NFL rookie season in 1996 which was difficult as she was a very important figure in his life.

“She was literally like my grandmother, my mom and my dad,” Owens said of Alice on the show.

In 2012, the year he picked as his “Most Memorable Year” for the episode’s theme, he knew her time was coming to a close.

“I know she loved me so everything I did, throughout my career…it was for her. It was for my family,”Owens said. “My grandmama was my inspiration, my motivation. The person I am today is because of her.”

After performing the Viennese Waltz Owens poured tears afterwards thinking of his grandmother throughout the performance. The performance turned out to be the performance of his life and he received his highest score of the season.

“Your grandmother was right. You keep showing up and you have struggled through this process. I’ve watched you. I know this hasn’t been easy for you,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba said. “Tonight I saw poise, I saw a new found eloquence. There was a reverence to the dance and to the situation that I never seen and it elevated everything you did in front of us.”

The night of the performance he thanked his professional dance partner, Cheryl Burke.

“Thank you @cherylburke for making this such a special night not only for me but my family. We truly thank you from the bottom of our hearts. I think she would have been proud of me tonight,” Owens posted on Instagram.

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By Gino Terrell



Gino Terrell is the Director of Content at Hidden Valley Culture Blog/In-Depth section. Terrell covered local artists and reviewed mainstream shows in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area under the Twin Cities Daily Planet (2014-15). He also freelanced for MinnPost and interned at Pioneer Press, KSTP TV (the Minneapolis ABC News Affiliate) and American Public Media Group. He's accumulated over 30 awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists and founded award winning student-magazine Pipers In-Depth at Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota). He was once the sports editor for the school newspaper, The Oracle. Follow him on Twitter: @Gin026

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