After months of hard work and stout competition, Donald Driver hoisted his championship trophy high in celebration.
This isn’t about the Green Bay Packers’ Super Bowl win in 2011; Driver and his partner Peta Murgatroyd came out on top in this year’s spring season of Dancing With the Stars on ABC.
In what was called “the most competitive season ever,” Driver edged out singer Katherine Jenkins and actor William Levy for DWTS’ mirrorball trophy.
In this 14th season, Driver joined Emmitt Smith and Hines Ward as the third NFL star to take away top honors.
More than a few NFL greats have graced the show’s dance floor, including the likes of Jerry Rice, Jason Taylor and Kurt Warner. And while current players aren’t exactly available for the fall season (which will be an “all-star” competition of previous contestants), Driver’s and Ward’s success begs the question of which NFL star might be the next to spend their spring working on jive and samba steps over post patterns or zone blitzes.
With that, here are seven solid candidates ABC should start dialing up to recruit for their 16th season. History shows they look for players with intense fan bases (i.e. Packers and Steelers) and top-end NFL success like Rice. They've also gone for top personalities (Lawrence Taylor and Chad Ochocinco).
These seven have all of that. What's more, at least most of them already think they can dance.