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David Ross ‘shocked and thankful’ after finishing second on ‘DWTS’

David Ross’ whirlwind experience on “Dancing with the Stars that culminated with an arguably surprising appearance in the finals ended Tuesday night when he and partner Lindsay Arnold finished runner-up to former NFL player Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater.

The retired Chicago Cubs World Series champion, however, wouldn’t trade the experience for anything, even if he came up just short in securing the coveted Mirror Ball. Instead, Ross expressed amazement and gratitude for accomplishing as much as he did during the competition.

“I’m shocked and thankful. I felt like I was a winner when they announced I was going to the finals,” Ross told Us Weekly live show. “This week we’ve just enjoyed each other and had fun. I came out here with zero expectations.”

Ross, who danced to a medley featuring “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” on Monday night, was considered a long shot at best to get this far at the beginning of the dancing competition. And in the end, Ross believes the judges got it right.

“I think the best dancer won, I think the person who improved the most,” Ross said. “I’m so thankful for the friendship I’ve created with Lindsay, and all the contestants. This show has been amazing. The people that work for the show are amazing. I can’t say thank you enough.”

Now that “Dancing with the Stars” is in the rear-view mirror, Ross is on to bigger and better things post-retirement. In fact, Ross joked during an appearance Wednesday morning on “Good Morning America” that a “Magic Mike” inspired routine may have motivated him to take on another challenge, should it present itself.

“Grumpier old ‘Magic Mike,’ that’s what we’ll do,” Ross said when asked by “GMA” co-host Michael Strahan if he would be interested in taking part in a “Magic Mike” sequel, if one is ever made, via the Chicago Tribune.

Now that’s certainly … something.