Erin Andrews ready to get back to work

Wed, May 26

After finishing third in ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," the ESPN personality is looking forward to working the sidelines again.

"I think this experience will make me a better reporter," said Andrews, who performed the samba on Wednesday's "Good Morning America." "I can see things from different perspectives. This experience changed my life."

Andrews and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy put up a valiant fight all season, but the buzzsaw of Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and professional dancer Derek Hough was too much to overcome.

"I knew from the first week that they would be the team to beat. They are just that talented," Andrews said. "I know it might sound cliché and corny but we are now a family. We've even talked about going on vacations together."

Andrews' family at ESPN is ready for her to return.

ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit, who along with a few coworkers flew this season to Los Angeles for a taping, said he could see in Andrews' eyes that she was happy but he knows she wants to return to the field.

"Fans probably don't know this about her but she really loves sports. She isn't just a pretty face," he said. "She's living the dream covering the big sporting events. That's what makes her go. Being away from that, I can see how it would make her appreciate it even more."