If dancing lineman Oscar Hernandez had played for the now-defunct Las Vegas Outlaws, there’s a good chance the team would still be playing in the Arena Football League. His moves are mesmerizing.
Wearing his Arizona Rattlers uniform, the 6-foot-2-inch, 280-pound Hernandez stole the halftime show of Saturday’s AFL game from the team’s cheerleaders with an amazing dance routine capped by a split.
Check out the video below.
Spoiler alert: While ESPN analyst Herm Edwards raved about Hernandez’s athleticism and potential as a football player, the big man has never actually played the game. Hernandez, 32, is a dance choreographer who has worked with dozens of pro sports teams since 2002, including the Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns and, most recently, the Detroit Pistons.
“I’m what they call the secret weapon for a lot of these teams,” Hernandez told The Sporting News, laughing.
Hernandez started dancing at age 5, cheered and danced at Apollo High School in Glendale, Ariz., and helped choreograph the 2009 NBA All-Star Game halftime show in Phoenix.
He also has worked with Salt-N-Pepa, T-Pain and Busta Rhymes on video and concert choreography and teaches classes of all levels in the Phoenix area.
Hernandez had made multiple cameos with the Rattlers’ cheerleaders before Saturday, but said one move made the difference in him becoming an overnight sensation.
“It was the split,” Hernandez said. “It’s been big here, but I think it was the split.”