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Donald Driver Joins ‘Dancing with the Stars’: A Look Back at the Last Five NFL Stars on the Show
This morning on "Good Morning America," the season 14 cast of " Dancing With the Stars ," was revealed, and Green Bay Packers' wide receiver, Donald Driver, will follow a long line of athletes who have appeared on the popular ABC reality television show.
Driver has spent the past 13 seasons in the NFL, and all 13 as a part of Green Bay. When he gets out on the dance floor, he's likely to be just as dedicated. Driver and his wife are also said to work tirelessly through his foundation in order to " assist ill kids with medical bills" and also to "provide housing for homeless in his local area."
US magazine also reported that the 36-year-old received the Ed Block Courage award by his Green Bay teammates in 2005, and recently helped place two homeless families in brand-new, fully furnished homes. Driver has even written three children's books. Now, he's taking on a new challenge, and considering how well NFL players have done on the show in the past, expect him to stick around and show off his dance moves for awhile.
Here is a look at how the last five football stars have fared:
The last time an NFL player was on the show, it was in season 12. Hines Ward, the Pittsburgh Steelers' wide receiver, won the mirror-ball trophy with partner Kym Johnson. Driver won with his excellent samba dance, and told host Tom Bergeron, "You know, starting this competition, I never thought I'd be in the finals. But I owe it all to Kym. She's an amazing teacher, and I want to thank the judges for giving us the constructive criticism to help me get better each week. Also, I want to thank all the fans."
Former quarterback Kurt Warner didn't win the trophy in season 11, but he stuck around until the eighth week paired with partner Cheryl Burke. Warner had some tough competition going against Jennifer Grey, the star of "Dirty Dancing." As he left the show, the former St. Louis Ram's player remarked, "I learned a long time ago that life isn't about winning and losing competitions. It's about relationships and impacting people. And so I thank everybody at 'Dancing With the Stars,' because it gave me an opportunity to impact people and build relationships. So that's really what it's all about."
Wide receiver Chad Ochocinco was also paired with Cheryl Burke. He did a great job but was also eliminated in the eighth week. The Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger, figure skater Evan Lysacek and ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews finished ahead of him.
The 34-year-old commented, "I enjoyed the journey. I met some wonderful people, and I got some great criticism that's only made me stronger, man. In my eyes, really, I've already won."
Burke called him "the most amazing, soft, gentle man in the world."
Former Dallas Cowboys' superstar Michael Irvin danced with partner Anna Demidova in season 9. Irvin made it through week nine, losing out to singer Donny Osmond.
Irvin remarked as he left, "Last night was a great night and to see the audience here standing up… it's a way of saying they appreciate your hard work. "
Former NFL linebacker and Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor made it through week seven, dancing with Edyta Sliwinska in season eight. He was popular with fans and his parting words were, "It's been a great experience. Edyta has taught me everything I know about dancing. I don't know when the Hell I'm going to need it, but…"
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