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The competition heated up Monday night on week three of Dancing With the Stars, but Pittsburgh Steelers star Hines Ward performs well under pressure on the field and on the dance floor! Hines, donning his team’s colors black and yellow, and his partner Kym Johnson delivered a sexy samba which certainly delighted the judges!

Hines’ samba last night was his best performance of the competition, earning him a total of 25 points, which tied him at the top of the leader board with supermodel Petra Nemcova and her partner Dmitry Chaplin.

Last night all the contestants conveyed a story or tribute in their song choices and performances, a very emotional challenged for many.

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Hines story was a celebration of his mother — a thank you for supporting him in football.

“My mom, she didn’t raise no quitter,” Hines shared during rehearsal. “I can never pay my mom back for all the sacrifices she’s made for me.”

In the end, the judges all had rave reviews for the footballer!

“Mama, you must be so proud of him,” Carrie Ann Inaba said to his mom sitting in the audience. “Hines, you were dancing the Samba like you’ve been dancing the Samba your whole life.”

“It’s obvious Carrie Ann is proud of you,” Len Goodman chimed in. “Your mother’s proud of you, and I’ll tell you what, I’m proud of you.”

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In true Bruno Tonioli fashion, the judge echoed his fellow partners on the panel, but made sure to flail his arms dramatically as he praised Hines for his “butt-shaking” and spoke about “happy hour.”

“Bouncing butt, shaking butt, two for the price of one, happy hour,” he exclaimed.

So how did Hines’ mom feel about the celebratory tribute?

“She loved it. It was a nice tribute to her about a life of celebration,” Hines told reporters after the show. “But I owe it all to Kym, portraying what my life has been thus far. She choreographed it great to the song I picked out.”

He added, “Tonight we did it, first nine of the season! I’m elated.”

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Kym shared, “We take it week by week, that’s what this competition is all about. You can’t get too caught up in anything or get too stressed out, it’s a long way till the end.”

Are you a fan of Hines? Watch his performance below, via TV Squad, and share your thoughts in the comments!

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