'DWTS': Hines Ward & Kym Johnson for the WIN

Sasha Brown-Worsham

The ninth episode of Season 12 of DWTS proved Hines Ward and Kym Johnson are more than just dance partners after Kym's terrifying neck injury brought both of them to tears and hand-wringing worry.

Johnson had a bad fall during last week's rehearsals, and the replays showed all 200+ pounds of Hines coming down on little Kym's neck. Honestly, she is lucky to be alive.

And though the two danced a perfect Argentine Tango, replete with three perfect 10s from the judges, it was the tears, emotion, and obvious affection these two have for one another that made it so compelling. "Praise to God, she's still walking," Ward said with tears in his eyes after their first dance.

Crying men just clinch it, don't they?

Actually tears were shed all around. Carrie Ann Inaba obviously cried quite a bit after their first tango and why not? That fall was played two times on the show, and each time, the crunch of her neck and her worries over her partner's practice time were pretty awesome.

"She's a warrior," Ward said of his partner.

Every season, certain couples try to play up the sexual aspects of their relationship to get more attention, but the Hines and Kym connection seems very real. Whether it's platonic or not, seeing Hines -- the big, tough Super Bowl MVP -- cry like a baby when his partner is taken away on a stretcher is beautiful, indeed.

They earned every point in their six big 10s and I, for one, think they have a strong shot at winning in the end.

Do you think they will make it? Were you scared of the fall?


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