The Season 12 finale of DWTS ended just as it should have with Hines Ward -- the true DWTS MVP -- taking home the Mirror Ball Trophy.
Every week he came with a smile on his face, style in his step, and fantastic values. He is the sports star whose low-key confidence and sense of humor made him appealing even to those of us who find sports endlessly boring.
The wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers proved that he could take the Mirror Ball all the way to the end zone with a little help from partner Kym Johnson. And he deserved it.
He danced consistently well, always with the same smile on his face. He respected his partner, fretted over when she was injured, and cried tears over his mother who raised him on her own and came to the US from South Korea to give her son a better life.
Obviously the Mirror Ball Trophy isn't the be all, end all. Kirstie Alley and Chelsea Kane are no worse for the wear for not having won. In many ways, Alley's second place finish was actually a huge success for older women everywhere.
But it was Hines who was the winner Tuesday night, in more ways than one. It seems that everything Ward touches turns to gold, which must be so vindicating for his mother who had to fight a lot of prejudice back in Korea after she married an American and gave birth to a mixed race baby.
The Mirror Ball and football may seem like shallow ways to prove his worth, but the fact is Ward is seriously, seriously talented and, undoubtedly, the best man won this time.
All three finalists rocked, but Ward stole the show. And after the debacle of Season 11 with Bristol Palin in the finals and people threatening to boycott, the show has redeemed itself.
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