Smith also admits he was initially wary of joining the show. "I was hesitant because I've been in the real estate business for a year and a half, and I was just starting to get some stuff built in to my pipeline," he said. "But now this is going to be a great conversational piece" with future clients, he figures (as if his storied football career wasn't enough to discuss).
He says the whole competition came naturally to him because it was reminiscent of an area where he'd excelled in the past. "Dancing is very similar to football: the commitment, the drive, the focus," he said.
The entire "Dancing" experience began over the summer, when the men started practicing with their partners, and extended through the 10 weeks of the show. Will the two finalists continue to make dancing a part of their lives?
"The only dancing I'm going to be doing is in the clubs, kicking back," Lopez said.
And for Smith? He was diplomatic: "I'm going to try to make dancing as much a part of my life as my wife wants to make it. It's up to her."