Well, someone had to come third, behind Kellie Pickler and Zendaya Coleman.

Dancing With the Stars Season 16 was working toward a showdown between those two stars from Week 1, and we had our eyes on Jacoby Jones for #3. Any other season, a Super Bowl winning football player with Jacoby’s natural rhythm and personality would be a favorite to win, but he ended up on a season where football players and Olympians had to take a backseat. In a way, he’s lucky to take third, since he and Karina Smirnoff had the lowest score going into the Week 10 Results Show, but they still beat Aly Raisman & Mark Ballas. So that’s a big win for his fan base. But even after a good Instant Salsa, he didn’t have enough oomph to outlast the pro-level talents of Kellie and Zendaya. (Blame the camera that got in the way of his final Salsa move!)

Still, Jacoby was a great showman, his son was adorable, his mom was feisty, and he brought out the fun, sexy side of Karina. We’ll miss their energy!

What will he take away from this experience? “Out of all my training that I’ve had, I’ve never had a woman push me like she did,” he said of Karina. He’s now going to bring all his gracefulness and footwork onto the football field.