Donald Driver Pays Tribute to Fallen Friend on Dancing With the Stars

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Green Bay Packers star Donald Driver's tribute to a friend who died of cancer was one of the emotional high moments of Dancing With the Stars this week.

"I can never get it out of my mind," the NFL player said.

"He died right there in my arms. I grabbed his hand and all he could do is look up. He took another breath and that was it," he added, tearing up.

Like Katherine Jenkins' dance for her late father, Driver's effort with Peta Murgatroyd was somber, yet with ample energy and uplifting emotion:

He carried her across a fog-filled dance floor and began a deliberate series of interpretive dance moves, at one point on his knees as she fell into his arms.

Their routine concluded with Peta atop a staircase as if going toward the light. The judges expressed minor quibbles, but all praised Driver's performance.

With a strong 26 points, Donald and Peta ended the evening in sole possession of fourth place out of 11 pairings. They should be safe, don't you agree?


Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente