Donald Driver, perhaps best known as a wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers, wowed audiences last night on the premiere of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” and proved he has grace as well as muscle.
The Super Bowl champion showed off his raw energy on the dance floor, his athletic prowess an asset as he did the cha-cha with partner Peta Murgatroyd in a series of complicated spins and kicks. The routine earned the dance couple a standing ovation as well as high praise from the judges. Bruno Tonioli seemed impressed by Driver’s energy and concentration, although he did warn him to “refine it”. Carrie Ann Inaba loved his charisma and said, “You kicked that cha-cha booty!”
His score of 21 out of 30 was met with boos by the audience, who were obviously as charmed as Carrie Ann by the routine.
“Just 31 minutes into the season,” said host Tom Bergeron. “I think that’s a record for starting an ugly mob.”
Driver tweeted about his experience after the show:
@PetaMurgatroyd thank u for u leadership, motivation, determination today. Truly something special. Thanks