LOS ANGELES – He already has a Super Bowl ring, and now football star Donald Driver can add the “Dancing With the Stars” mirrorball trophy to his awards collection.
The Green Bay Packers receiver won the ABC dance show May 22 after wowing audiences and judges with his kickin’ country-themed freestyle routine. He and partner Peta Murgatroyd hoisted the glittery prize above their heads after being named the new “Dancing” champs.
Streamers and confetti rained down from the ceiling, filling the ballroom as they celebrated. Driver’s wife and children joined him on the dance floor.
The Packers and former “Dancing With the Stars” winner Emmitt Smith were just two of many to congratulate Driver on Twitter, including Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
“Congrats to Donald Driver for bringing home #DWTS Mirror Ball to Titletown! #Packers.,” Walker wrote.
Packers tight end Jermichael Finley joined in on the celebration, writing: “Yesssir! D.Driver Wins!”
With just one point separating the three finalists, it was up to the viewers to pick the winner.
He and his fellow finalists, Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins and Cuban actor William Levy, each earned perfect scores for their last performances. Jenkins came into the final contest with a perfect 60 points; Driver and Levy each had 59.
Judges’ scores combined with viewer votes determined the result.
Contestants eliminated throughout the show’s 10-week season reunited for the two-hour finale. Martina Navratilova, Gavin DeGraw, Jack Wagner, Jaleel White, Sherri Shepherd, Melissa Gilbert, Roshon Fegan, Maria Menounos and Gladys Knight all donned costumes Tuesday for one last dance.
Knight did double performance duty, also singing “The Way We Were.” Kelly Clarkson also performed on the show.
The next round of “Dancing With the Stars” will feature contestants from past seasons.
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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