WINNING: Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward Dances Away With "DWTS" Mirror Ball Trophy
The Pittsburgh Steelers may have lost the Superbowl but their wide receiver, Hines Ward, won the country's most high profile ballroom competition last night. Deets inside....
The grand finale of "DWTS" Season 12 was last night and Pittsburgh Steelers baller Hines Ward and his partner Kym Johnson walked away with the coveted Mirror Ball trophy. Hines joins Emmitt Smith on the list on pro football players who've won the Mirrorball trophy. So I guess basketball players may have game....but football players got dance (moves).
After winning, Hines told reporters,
“I heard it (my name), but I looked over and I saw Kirstie and I was like, ‘Jeez, everybody loves Kirstie.’ It had come down to voting. I really didn’t know how I would match up to Kirstie. It’s the fans. It’s definitely the fans.”
He also gave props to his partner.
"Starting this competition, I never thought I'd be in the finals, but, you know, I owe it all to Kym," Ward said."
But the road wasn't easy, at one point his partner Kym Johnson was hospitalized after injuring her neck while practicing with Hines. But Tuesday they bounced back and notched a perfect score of 30 for their samba. In the end, Hines beat out Disney starlet Chelsea Kane (third place) and "Cheers" star Kirstie Alley (runner-up).
Watch Hines Ward's award-winning freestyle performance here: