The Steelers wide receiver and former Super Bowl MVP won the title with professional partner Kym Johnson, besting actresses Kirstie Alley and Chelsea Kane to become the season 12 champ.
Ward was chosen by viewer votes combined with judges’ scores. All three couples emerged with perfect scores after dancing Tuesday night, which kept the competition tight. Ward came into the season finale tied for first place with Kane, who finished in last place when the votes were tallied. Alley finished second.
The 35-year-old Ward is the second professional football player to win the “Dancing” crown. Emmitt Smith won in 2006.