Former Birmingham City footballer Steve Claridge has been given a six month jail sentence suspended for two years for dangerous driving.
Claridge was was also disqualified from driving for 12 months and ordered to do 150 hours unpaid community work when he appeared at Birmingham Crown Court.
Claridge, 42, was found guilty of the offence last month after jurors heard that he drove at speeds of around 100mph in treacherous conditions.
The football pundit, of Fareham, Hampshire, was pulled over by an unmarked police car on the southbound carriageway of the M42 between junctions 4 and 3 on December 30, 2006, after repeatedly undertaking other vehicles.
During his trial at Coventry Crown Court, Claridge said he was trying to leave the motorway to find a toilet.
Claridge, who also played for Wolves, Walsall, Millwall, Leicester City and Portsmouth, said he was driving at "slightly in excess of 70mph" and denied that it was raining at the time. He told the court: "It certainly wasn't dangerous. It wasn't the best bit of driving I have ever done but it wasn't dangerous."
But Nigel Wilkins, prosecuting, said Claridge drove at high speed on wet roads, repeatedly switching lanes and causing other drivers to "brake sharply in order to let him in".
It was, he said, a "consistent piece of dangerous driving".
Jurors heard from police officers that Claridge, driving a silver Peugeot 307, was "jumping up and down" on the hard shoulder when he was pulled over.
Pc Keith Dyson said: "As I started speaking to him, he started jumping up and down on the hard shoulder, holding his crotch and acting like a child who is desperate to go to the toilet."
Following the verdict, the court heard that Claridge already has nine points on his driving licence.
He was driving home from Blackpool after compiling a scouting report when he was pulled over, he told the court.
Sentencing, Judge Peter Carr told Claridge: "The only question that has exercised me is whether or not that sentence has to be served immediately. I have decided that it does not."
He noted Claridge's charitable appearances, character references, and a pre-sentence report which said the ex-footballer has dealt with "a number of problems" in the past.
But the judge told Claridge that the suspended sentence would serve as a reminder, when he was free to drive again, that a motor vehicle is "potentially lethal".
He added that if Claridge committed further offences - particularly driving offences - he would be unlikely to get this sort of chance again.
He told Claridge: "You are free to go. Watch how you drive when you are able to do so again."
Claridge was also ordered to pay costs of £1,645 and told he must take an extended driving test before getting behind the wheel again.
Outside court, he said: "I'm pleased with the way things have worked out."
When asked if today's events would affect his work as a pundit, he said he hoped not.