John Urschel is more than just a talented football player and a math whiz. He also has dance moves.
The Ravens’ offensive lineman was a willing participant in the ad campaign for Gillette’s New Fusion ProShield razor, leading up to the Super Bowl. Urschel joined Rodger Saffold of the Rams and Trent Williams of the Redskins, but Urschel seemed to have the most fun.
Check out Urschel’s moves on YouTube:
Urschel’s dance was dubbed “Awkwardly Sensual”, but he disagreed with that handle.
“I danced my heart out,” Urschel said in a telephone interview with Comcast Mid-Atlantic. “They put the word “awkward” in there. I’m OK with whatever they want to call it, but I think it was 100 percent sensual. There’s no awkward in there.
“The whole idea behind this is, your razor protects your face when you shave, just like offensive linemen protect the quarterback. So they’re using offensive linemen for this ad campaign, which is really awesome. When do offensive linemen ever get used for ad campaigns? Plus, they let me dance.
“I think we did two or three takes, but after I busted out the moves on the first one, it was more like, let’s just stop. We have enough.”
Urschel was forbidden to grow a beard for years, so he saw irony in participating in a Gillette razor promotion.
”In high school I went to a prep school,” Urschel said. “No facial hair. Then in college I played for Joe Paterno my first few years. Also did not allow facial hair. So through high school and the majority of college, I’ve had people telling me, ‘John, no facial hair.’ So now with the Ravens, I’ve been rocking the beard to make up for lost time. But you can’t just let the thing go. You’re going to scare people. Ladies don’t like beards that are hair here, hair, there, hair everywhere. I pull out the Gillette razor, make sure the hair is very clean and professional.”
Urschel said it may be time for the Ravens to have a contest, to see who the team’s best dancer is.
“I’ve got some moves, but they’ve been undercover,” Urschel said. “They haven’t been seen many places, other than some Penn St. parties back in my day. The secret’s out now.
“I think our kicker, Justin Tucker, has kind of held the thrown of best dancer. But I think it’s time for an open competition. I think I’m ready for that. It’s time for some change.”