Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 5/22/12
Donald Driver saved his best dance for last, scoring his first perfect 30 on his final performance, and it helped make him victorious as the winner of the 14th season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." As soon as the announcement was made Tuesday night, Driver celebrated on the dance floor with his family and dance partner Peta Murgatroyd. The winner was selected based on a combination of Monday night's scores from the judges and votes from the viewing audience."This is awesome!" Driver said on the show immediately after winning.Driver became the third NFL player to win the mirror ball trophy. Former Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith won in 2006, and former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward won in 2011."I didn't know how I was going to feel until I won, and now, this is amazing," Driver told WISN-TV in Milwaukee. "It took me 13 seasons to win a Super Bowl, but it only took me one season to win a mirror ball, so I'm happy about that."Driver, 37, has played his entire 13-year career with the Green Bay Packers. Several of his teammates and coaches attended the show in recent weeks, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers, linebacker Clay Matthews and coach Mike McCarthy.Earlier in the day, the Packers were practicing for the first time this offseason, but they still had Driver on their minds."I'm looking for Donald to win tonight," McCarthy said. "I thought he was great (Monday) night. I know he's excited about it. I had a chance to communicate with him. But also, he's excited to get back to Green Bay. I think he's in good shape, hopefully. We'll see what happens."McCarthy added that he expects Driver to "be involved in the (team) workouts next week."Driver had plenty of support from teammates throughout the competition in the voting, as well."I voted last night a bunch of times, so hopefully he can bring that mirror ball back," Rodgers said. "It was great to go see him last week. We had a lot of fun, He's done an incredible job with the show, and he's been himself. His personality comes out on that show, and he did a great job."Driver beat out actor William Levy and singer Katherine Jenkins in the finals."I think he killed it with that freestyle cowboy dance," Matthews said of Monday's performance. "That was pretty good right there. I know he's got all of Titletown behind him. From what he was able to accomplish on the dance floor, I think he did a pretty good job."Now Driver has a few days to celebrate before McCarthy and the coaching staff expect him to trade in his dancing shoes for a football helmet.Follow Paul Imig on Twitter
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