NFC North: Dancing with Donald

I won't try to break down the reasons why Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver won the prestigious "Mirror Ball" trophy Tuesday night as the champion of the reality show "Dancing with the Stars." No point in that.

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What I will say is that watching the last few weeks of the show was a good reminder about the value of stepping out of your comfort zone. Driver is a great athlete and competitor, and perhaps he was already a good dancer before this show. But his emotional reaction to winning was an indication of how hard he needed to work to secure this accomplishment, and how much satisfaction he felt upon achieving it.

(Having Packers fans supporting you in the viewer voting doesn't hurt, either.)

Driver will have a few whirlwind days of publicity but could re-join the Packers for offseason workouts as early as next week. His agent, Jordan Woy, tweeted: "Congrats to Donald Driver winning DWTS!! Now it is time to get ready for another season with the Packers!"

Here are some other Packers reactions via Twitter:

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers: Speaking of teammates, am so proud of @Donald_Driver80 and his accomplishment tonight!!! Enjoy the whirlwind the next few days quickie!!!

Tight end Tom Crabtree: Donaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaald Driiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ?#titletown? ?#GoPackGo? ?#dwts? ?#football? ?#dance? ?#America

Linebacker A.J. Hawk: Congrats @Donald_Driver80, Champion, not even close!

Guard Josh Sitton: My little cousin @biigwilly won the sate baseball championship tonight an @Donald_Driver80 won dwts ! What a great night! Congrats guys!!!!!

Receiver Randall Cobb: Quickie has to write a book about this! Congrats to @Donald_Driver80!!!

ESPN analyst Andrew Brandt, a former Packers executive: Donald! Remember skinny 7th round pick coming in saying he would make a name in GB. Great story.

Have a wonderful evening.
I didn't forget about "Dancing with the Stars" this evening. Did you?

Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver finished the penultimate show of the season with a combined score of 59 points in his two dances. That puts him in a tie with actors William Levy and one point behind opera singer Katherine Jenkins heading into Tuesday night's season finale.

My understanding is that online voting will continue until 11 a.m. ET, but phone voting is complete. We'll find out Tuesday night if fan votes can push Driver ahead of Levy and Jenkins. Hopefully you can stand the suspense!
Just what you all wanted: NFC North blog readers will be treated to another week of "Dancing with the Stars" coverage.

(Don't like it? I'll be happy to bring back hourly Minnesota Vikings stadium updates.)

As you would most likely know by now if "DWTS" interests you, Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver has advanced to the finals of the ABC reality show. (I'm still a little confused how three celebrities remain in play after a four-person semifinal round, but maybe I'm overthinking it.)

After bidding farewell to the plucky Maria Menounos, Driver will compete against fellow celebrities William Levy and Katherine Jenkins next week for the "DWTS" title.

From a football standpoint, Driver's additional week on the show has probably delayed any resolution to his future with the Packers. Green Bay begins organized team activities next Monday, as Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com points out, but Driver will still be in competition at that point.
So, as Lynn Hoppes notes over at ESPN Playbook, "Dancing with the Stars" moves to into its semifinal round Monday night on ABC. That means Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver is one of four contestants vying for the title, which means it's time to start paying attention to "DWTS" as far as I'm concerned.

If I can't wrest control of the remote Monday night, I'll do so ASAP and follow up at some point Tuesday. Driver is competing against opera singer Katherine Jenkins, actor William Levy and TV host Maria Menounos. (My extensive research on Levy reveals he is more frequently referred to as a "Latin heartthrob" but I just have no idea what that means.)

It sounds as if the Packers will be well-represented in the audience Monday night. According to Driver's verified Twitter feed, those scheduled to attend include coach Mike McCarthy, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, linebacker Clay Matthews, receivers coach Edgar Bennett and Rob Davis, the Packers' director of player development. Hopefully Rodgers can break away from his intensive training for the evening.

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