As you read this, Jimmy Johnson is in Nicaragua trying to outwit, outlast, and outplay a handful of people he’s never met before.
Johnson follows Gary Hogeboom from the NFL fire into the Survivor cauldron but he does so without the same advantage Hogeboom has.
Unlike the former Dallas quarterback, Johnson goes in with everyone knowing who he is. Hogeboom had been out of the game sufficiently and in an era when football identities weren’t as prevalent that he was able to conceal his identity, at least until he exposed himself.
Johnson went right from the sidelines to the broadcast booth. Those players who don’t recognize will almost assuredly be informed by those who do so there’s no chance of Johnson going into this game under the radar.
The fact that he has already made oodles of money in football won’t exactly endear him to his fellow competitors who might give him the heave ho just because he doesn’t need the $1 million US that goes to the winner as badly as the others on the show.
If Johnson has one ace up his sleeve, it’s his history of having dealt with so many differing personalities over the course of his NFL and NCAA coaching career. Reality show aficionados know all too well such a talent can come in handy in Survivor.
We just don’t like his chances in any of the more physical challenges.