Anthony Adams Gets Down For a Cause

March 11, 2013 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

Our March/April issue features an update on Anthony Adams ’04, a former Nittany Lion football standout whose nine-year NFL career appears to be over. Released by the Chicago Bears after the 2011 season, Adams held out of hope of signing elsewhere as a free agent; to pass the time, he started dabbling in a new career as an internet celebrity. No further NFL offers were forthcoming, but his post-playing career is already taking off.

Adams made news over the weekend when he won the “Dancing with Chicago Celebrities” contest, raising $8,000 for breast cancer research. That’s Anthony on the left, complete with MJ-inspired sequins glove.

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Adams is great at using his self-deprecating sense of humor to play off his girth (his last listed playing weight was 6-foot, 310 pounds), an approach that helped him win that dance contest, and also a growing army of online fans. He boasts more than 18,000 Twitter followers (you can find him at @spiceadams), and his YouTube videos, most of them riffing on the delusional plight of NFL free agents, have been a viral hit. As for the dancing? As you’ll see in our new issue, Adams told us he was hoping to one day land on Dancing with the Stars. Here’s hoping his weekend victory brings him one step closer to living the dream.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

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