hineswardwinsdwts.jpgPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward danced his way to victory Tuesday night, beating out Chelsea Kane and Kirstie Alley to win the 12 season of Dancing With the Stars.

Ward gave a huge hug to partner Kym Johnson, who recently suffered a neck injury during rehearsal, and told the judges and the fans, "I never thought I'd be in the finals, but I owe it all to Kym. She's an amazing teacher."

The pair performed a Samba to Earth Wind and Fire's disco hit "Fantasy."

The loss for former Cheers star Kirstie Alley was bittersweet. Her sexy number with partner Maksim Cmerkovskiy impressed judges but wasn't enough to put them in the top spot. Alley said of the experience, "It's like the most extraordinary adventure I've ever been on in my whole life."