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Dancing With The Stars 2011: Hines Ward Finding New Opportunities After Victory

It looks like Hines Ward and Kym Johnson's victory in Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday might turn out to be a lucrative one for Ward, whose agent's phone is apparently ringing off the hook:

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In addition to endorsement opportunities, [business manager and attorney Andrew] Ree said he has been contacted by TV and movie production people. Ree declined to discuss specifics, but Ward apparently won more than the Mirror Ball Trophy when he beat out Kirstie Alley and Chelsea Kane in the "DWTS" finals earlier this week.

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The article also notes that the fact that Ward is still playing could prove very helpful in sustaining his spike in appeal and recognizability since he won the show. Emmitt Smith was a DWTS winner, but because he was already retired at the time, his recognizability dipped. Ward, like most wide receivers in their thirties, appears to be in the decline phase of his career, but if he can put together an Indian summer season in 2011 (if there is a season in 2011), he might be able to take greater advantage of his DWTS victory than Smith did.

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