Football great Emmitt Smith Wednesday won the third season competition of ABC's U.S. sensation, "Dancing with the Stars."
Actor Mario Lopez finished second.
Smith praised Burke for her patience, "even when I was stubborn."
Judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman heaped praise on the NFL MVP during Tuesday's final round, during which Smith posted perfect scores on two of the three rounds.
"You became a dancer in the last few weeks," Inaba said.
"You're delivering like a true professional," Bruno Tonioli told Smith.
Smith and Burke performed an encore of their samba during Wednesday's broadcast.
"Dancing with the Stars" first two editions were won by singer Drew Lachey and soap star Kelly Monaco.
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