Donald Driver emotional on 'Dancing with Stars'

Tue, Apr 3
10:05
AM ET

Donald Driver remembering his college friend who died in 2010 was quite emotional on Monday's episode of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

The 11 remaining contestants were to perform a routine that represented the most memorable years in their lives.

Driver, a Green Bay Packers wide receiver, and partner Peta Murgatroyd danced a stirring rumba to Mariah Carey's "One Sweet Day'' as a tribute to Driver's best friend, Brian Pretlow, who died of cancer.

Before dancing, Driver couldn't maintain his composure talking about how Pretlow introduced Driver to his wife and was an uncle to his children. After the dancing, Driver couldn't even speak to co-host Brooke Burke backstage.

"If I could tell anyone anything," Driver said, "it's live life to the fullest."

The duo finished with 26 points to finish fourth behind opera star Katherine Jenkins (29), Latin heartthrob William Levy (28) and TV host Maria Menounos (27). Five teams were at the bottom with 24 points, so expect TV star Melissa Gilbert and singer Gavin DeGraw to be kicked off on Tuesday.

Judge Len Goodman said of Driver, "I didn't expect a great big, hunky, dunky football guy to come out and dance with such warmth and emotion. … A really top-notch performance.''