Donald Driver finds himself in good company today. He joins Dallas Cowboys Running Back Emmitt Smith and Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver Hines Ward as NFL players who took home both the Lombardi Trophy and the mirror ball trophy. “It took me 13 years to win the Super Bowl,” the 37 year old receiver for the Green Bay Packers said. “I’m just glad it took me one season to win the mirrorball.”
And he won it out on the floor just like he does on the field, quietly and persistently. There’s a lot to love about Donald Driver. His life choices, his no drama, hard work attitude. And he did it during what has been hailed the most competitive season ever on the popular dance reality show.
Now that Season 14 is over, who would we like to next represent the NFL on Dancing with the Stars?
Here is our Top 10 List:
10. Rex Ryan (New York Jets Head Coach)
Pros: A chance to show off and add to his recent 90 pound weight loss. Good recreational activity for him to share with his wife, who will certainly need some foot massages after all that dancing.
Cons: Ryan would likely crown himself the winner of the competition prior to the start of it, putting undo pressure on himself and his partner to live up to his bold prediction.
9. Jay Cutler (Chicago Bears Quarterback)
Pros: Cutler’s fiancee and soon-to-be baby mama, Kristin Cavallari was a contestant on the show a few seasons ago. Although she was cast off too early, she could give him some pointers.
Cons: Cutler is known for being “soft.” A perceived fake knee injury during the finals could do him in for good.
8. Ray Lewis (Baltimore Ravens Linebacker)
Pros: Known as one of the most intense, competitive players in the NFL. That would surely translate to the ballroom.
Cons: It would be just too damn scary.
7. Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver)
Pros: Another one of the good guys of the NFL, his work ethic and professionalism would make him an immediate contender on any season of DWTS.
Cons: A lot of potential mishaps with all that hair…jewelry, sequins, etc. A wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen.
6. Brett Favre (Retired Green Bay Packers/Jets/Vikings Quarterback)
Pros: Maybe this is a stretch, but his competitive spirit could carry him. If he can dance his way back into the hearts of America, maybe the Packers will consider retiring his jersey earlier rather than later.
Cons: No telling how Brett will behave himself amongst all those scantily clad women.
5. Victor Cruz (New York Giants Wide Receiver)
Pros: The boy can dance! Cruz’s trademark touchdown salsa dance has already earned him a DWTS offer, which he reportedly turned down.
Cons: Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin is known for his no nonsense style. May not look fondly on the attention or missed training for purposes of entertainment.
4. Terrell Owens (Retired Eagles/Cowboys/Bengals Wide Receiver)
Pros: He may not be signed with a team, but this guy is still in playing shape. Why do I feel like we’ve seen this show before? Maybe because Chad Ochocinco’s season was like T.O. Light. Trust me, the drama would be bigger, better, and juicier with Owens.
Cons: The drama.
3. Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys Quarterback)
Pros: Romo is not afraid to make a fashion statement. Put him in a newsboy hat, a fedora, seersucker, leather…it’s all good. Well, maybe not the leather, but he’s still a costume designer’s dream.
Cons: The mirrorball trophy will never replace the Lombardi Trophy in the hearts of Cowboys fans. If he doesn’t win the Superbowl the following season, Romo’s DWTS appearance will look like just another distraction.
2. Reggie Bush (Miami Dolphins Running Back)
Pros: Where do I start? That face looks like it was carved out of milk chocolate. And his smile? He would have Bruno and Carrie Ann at hello. And the obligatory shirtless dance? We’ll give him a 10 right now!
Cons: The admittedly shy star is known to shun the spotlight and even broke up with Kim Kardashian because he couldn’t handle the media circus that accompanied her. However, the attention could benefit the many causes he supports, including Make A Wish and the NFL’s Play 60. Come on Reggie, do it for us. And by us, I mean the kids. Of course.
1. Tim Tebow (New York Jets Quarterback)
Pros: A lamb with a lion’s heart. And he knows how to win on the field, in life, and certainly would win on the dance floor. Whether he starts this season for the Jets or not, Tim Tebow has already won America’s heart.