Washington Stealth Assistant Coach Dan Stroup is among the most decorated men in the history of the National Lacrosse League. He is enshrined in the NLL Hall of Fame following a 13-year playing career in which he won four NLL Championships and a Championship Game MVP award. He added another NLL title as a coach with the Stealth in 2010. On top of that, Stroup has a Mann Cup ring and a World Championships gold medal on his resume.
Last week, Stroup added another trophy to his mantle, albeit much different than the rest of his hardware. In a charity event in Coquitlam, British Columbia for the Crossroads Hospice Society, Stroup did his Emmitt Smith impression as he strapped on his dancing shoes for the annual “Dancing with Our Stars” event. But he didn’t just dance, he danced well. So well, in fact, that he won the contest. Judge for yourself: the video of Stroup's performance is posted below.
Not only did Stroup win, but he and the rest of the contestants played a huge part in raising over $12,000 for the Crossroads Hospice Society. Stroup stayed true to the Stealth name and tried to fly under the radar with this event, but thanks to his wife, Rita, we caught wind of Stroup moonlighting as a dancer.
It’s one thing to put your body on the line for the love of lacrosse week in and week out for 13 seasons, and another thing to put your life on the line as a firefighter like Stroup does in his day job. But to go out there and dance in front of a crowd? That’s just crazy.