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Rashad Jennings Defeats David Ross to Win Season 24 of 'Dancing with the Stars'

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 24, 2017

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08:  Rashad Jennings attends Guys' Night Out at Lord & Taylor with Sterling Shepard, Jason Pierre Paul and Frankie Edgar on December 8, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Lord & Taylor)
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Rashad Jennings danced past NFL defenses the last seven seasons as a running back. On Tuesday, he was rewarded for his dancing off the field.

As North Jersey News noted, Jennings won the title for this season's Dancing with the Stars on Tuesday:

NorthJersey.com @northjersey

Congrats to former #Giants RB Rashad Jennings on his #DWTS win. Thoughts, @art_stapleton? https://t.co/lMDFBrJmvn

ESPN.com noted Jennings is the latest in a long line of NFL successes on the show. Former players Emmitt Smith, Hines Ward and Donald Driver all won previous titles, while Jerry Rice finished in second place.

According to Justin Kirkland of USA Today, the victory marked the first mirror ball trophy for Jennings' partner, Emma Slater.

Jennings wasn't the only athlete to challenge for the crown. Former MLB catcher David Ross finished in second place and drew plenty of support from Chicago Cubs fans throughout the competition. His performances were even displayed on the video board at Wrigley Field multiple times during rain delays.

Ross reflected on the experience before Tuesday's finale:

David Ross @D_Ross3

Can't believe this journey is ending. Win or lose, u all have become family.Thank u to all those who voted I couldn't have done it without u https://t.co/ljPreBxMDB

Elsewhere, gold medal gymnast Simone Biles was eliminated earlier in the season.

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Jennings ultimately beat not only his fellow athletes but the rest of the competition throughout the season.

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