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NFL star Hines Ward dedicated his Dancing With the Stars performance to his mom last night. With the top score of the evening, he certainly made her proud.

Hines chose Earth, Wind and Fire’s “Fantasy,” which reminds him of his mother. He and partner Kym Johnson did the routine “as a thank you to her,” she says.

When Bruno called it an uplifting expression of happiness, he wasn’t that far off. Seeing Hines’ adorable mom in the audience made it all the better, too …

Dancing With the Stars Week 3 - Hines and Kym

Hines and Petra Nemcova shared the lead last night with 25 points. Chelsea Kane and Kendra Wilkinson tied for the second position with 23 points apiece.

Early leaders Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff and Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy took a step back this week, finishing with dueling 21s.