Alcorn State University graduate and Green Bay Packers all-time leading receiver Donald Driver took home the Mirror Ball trophy Tuesday night on the season finale of “Dancing with the Stars.”
“Amazing,” he said, when asked how he felt about his victory.
Driver and partner Peta Murgatroyd were one of the two remaining couples vying for the trophy.
He beat Mark Ballas and Katherine Jenkins, who is known as the world’s most prolific classical crossover artist.
A shirtless 37-year-old Driver danced the final dance of the night and earned his second perfect score from all three judges for the season.
“I really couldn’t have asked for anyone better in the whole competition,” Murgatroyd said. “He has the best personality I could have hoped for in a celebrity. He’s kind. He’s dedicated. He’s amazing.”
Driver said he will “miss the memories that me and Peta shared here in the studio … It’s been more than what I expected.”
On Monday night, Driver cowboy’d up with a memorable freestyle performance that earned him his first perfect 10 of the season from each of the three judges.
Dancing to country rap music from Cowboy Troy, Driver let his Texas and Southern roots show when he and Murgatroyd tore up the floor in cowboy boots.
The Packers all-time leading receiver and Super Bowl champion and his wife, Betina Driver, a Mississippi native, created the Donald Driver Foundation, which offers assistance to ill children with unmanageable hospital bills, provides housing for the homeless and donates to charities.
–LaReeca Rucker, The Clarion-Ledger