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Driver wins Dancing With the Stars

May 22, 2012 -- 10:16pm
 
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GREEN BAY – Donald Driver danced his way to the Dancing With the Stars Season 14 championship Tuesday night.

Driver became the third NFL player to win the Dancing With the Stars mirror ball trophy, edging out opera singer Katherine Jenkins and actor William Levy in the finale.

A year after winning the Super Bowl for the first time, the Green Bay Packers' all-time leading receiver now has another title.

“It took me 13 seasons to win the Super Bowl, but it only took me one season to win the mirror ball,” said Driver, who joins former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith and former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward as football-playing DWTS winners.

Driver was chosen for the show after New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz turned ABC down.

Driver was scheduled to join Jimmy Kimmel Live later Tuesday night and Good Morning America on Wednesday morning.

Driver and partner Peta Murgatroyd scored 89 out of a possible 90 points on their final three dances – two on Monday night and one more on Tuesday night. They earned their first perfect score from the judges with a country/hip-hop dance on Monday night, complete with green-and-gold outfits.

Asked why football players have had so much dancing success, Driver replied, "We’re very competitive. We’re always up for the challenge. And we were up for the challenge once again. We knew it was going to be a battle, it was hard, but she pushed me through it, and now we’re champs."

Jenkins, who had a perfect 90 on her three dances, simply didn’t have the massive voting block that Driver had with Packers fans.

As for Driver’s real job, he missed the first organized team activity practice of the offseason Tuesday while competing on DWTS, and he’ll miss Wednesday’s practice as well. The Packers’ next OTA practice is May 30.

Asked Tuesday when he expects Driver back on the practice field, coach Mike McCarthy said, “It depends on the work week. But as far as when he actually arrives, I don't have that specific. But I would anticipate he'd be involved in the workouts next week."

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