Couple: Hines Ward & Kym Johnson
Hines Ward paid tribute to his mama with a Samba routine to “Fantasy,” so it had it be just right. Forget the studio audience and the judges, this week, Hines wanted to show off for his mom.
“I really want to nail this song because my mom’s going to be there, so I can’t run from it,” a noticeably frustrated Hines said. “I want to go out there and do the best that I can.”
The NFL player remembers that his mom would play the track by Earth, Wind and Fire a lot during his childhood. After a long week, working three or four jobs so that she could take care of her baby boy, it was her way to relax.
“I can never repay my mom back for all the sacrifices and things that she’s done for me,” Hines said. “She’s the heart and soul of who I am, so with this Samba, I’m ready to celebrate my mom.”
Hines turned out a Samba that any mom (and that Earth, Wind and Fire) would be proud of! He brought the proper attitude to the routine and he moved like a seasoned dance professional. He shook his hips better than any male athlete we’ve seen on the show before, and he keeps a smile on his face that makes him a lot of fun to watch. He wasn’t just dancing; he was having a party in the ballroom.