updated 05/23/2012 AT 5:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/23/2012 AT 7:55 AM ET
When Donald Driver walked away with the coveted mirror-ball trophy on Tuesday night’s Dancing with the Stars finale, it wasn’t the first time he’d won a big competition. But he says it felt just as good.
“I think it’s the same,” the football pro told PEOPLE backstage after DWTS, comparing his most recent feat to when his Green Bay Packers team won the Super Bowl in 2011.
“You have great moments [throughout both experiences].”
There’s only one difference, says Driver, 37: “It took me 13 years to win a Super Bowl. But it only took me one season to win a mirror ball. I’ve been watching the show for a long time and now I know what J.R. felt last year. That is truly something special. I feel the same way. Right now I’m on cloud nine.”