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Donald Driver dancing his way to victory.
Donald Driver dancing his way to victory.

Driver brings home the gold on "DWTS"

The triumph of Donald Driver last night in "Dancing With The Stars" was, as much as anything, a triumph of charm over beauty.

Driver went into the finals against Katherine Jenkins, a gorgeous classical singer, and William Levy, a gorgeous Cuban actor. They are each so beautiful they took your breath away.

But Driver had ... That Smile. We in Packers Nation have seen it many times before. It's a wide grin with sparkling white teeth and eyes that crinkle up in joy. If you needed a picture to go along with the word "happy" in the dictionary, you could use the picture of Driver smiling.

Make no mistake about it. Driver can dance. Over the 10 weeks of the program he improved constantly. One of the advantages he had over the others was that he is used to listening to coaching and then trying to put suggestions into practice.

You could tell each week that he heard what the judges said and did what they told him. It's like running precise pass patterns, something for which he's famous in the NFL.

I'm certain Packers fan votes helped him win the title. It may be no coincidence that the three football players who have won the title have been from the three favorite NFL franchises: Dallas, Pittsburgh and Green Bay.

Driver showed surprising grace as he danced each week with his lovely partner, Peta Murgatroyd, who may have set a "DWTS" record for using less material for costumes than any former contestant.

It was an outstanding ride for Driver and for Packers fans. I also think it would be a great idea for Brett Favre to make his apologies and amends to Packer fans by being a contestant on the show in an upcoming season.

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