Football as ballet: eleven surprisingly graceful images in the Super Pan

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o beyond the bone-crunching tackles and you will see that football is actually one of America’s most stylish sports. In colorful, body-baring outfits, exceptionally sure-footed sportsmen almost resemble dancers as they soar over opponents, reeling in spiraling balls with spreaded arms and seemingly magnetic fingertips, touching upon the sidelines simply to implausibly drag their own toes across the turf before the rest of their body drops off-limits. Behold, the hidden ballroom of Super Pan XLVII.

Great Diminuendo: Cary Williams of the Baltimore Ravens as well as Ted Ginn of the San Francisco 49ers. ( Paul Ehrmann/Getty Pictures )

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Deux pirouettes: 49ers defensive back Chris Culver as well as Ravens wide recipient Torrey Smith. ( AP Photo/Matt Slocum )

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Lords a leaping: The actual Ravens’ Jacoby Jones as well as the 49ers’ Bob Culliver. ( Harry How/Getty Pictures )

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The actual plié lift: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis as well as Ravens safety Impotence Reed. ( AP Photo/Charlie Riedel )

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Sådan en pointe: San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick as well as Ravens players Impotence Reed as well as Terrell Suggs. ( REUTERS/Jeff Haynes )

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Great jeté: San Francisco 49ers wide recipient Michael Crabtree as well as the Ravens’ Impotence Reed. ( AP Photo/Charlie Riedel )

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Fallen port de bras: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis. ( AP Photo/Mark Humphrey )

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Aucun 2: Baltimore Ravens linebacker Beam Lewis and safety Bernard Pollard. ( AP Photo/Mark Humphrey )

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Arabesque: 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and Ravens defensive end Arthur Smith. ( REUTERS/Sean Gardner )

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Glissade: Jacoby Smith great teammates. ( Al Bello/Getty Pictures )

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