Jimmy Johnson on Survivor Nicaragua; the NFL coach almost went to Gabon

Former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson is a contestant on Survivor Nicaragua.

The Dallas Morning News reports that it confirmed online rumors of his casting with “a source close to Johnson.” The paper notes he “will be one of the oldest contestants to ever appear on ‘Survivor’” because he is 67.

Interestingly, Johnson, who won two Super Bowls with the Cowboys and also coached the Miami Dolphins, was almost a cast member for Survivor Gabon. Last summer, The Miami Herald reported that “he was headed to Africa for 45 days of seclusion when the doctor called about some of his tests. One artery to his heart was totally blocked, another blocked 70 percent. He wouldn’t be going anywhere. He has lost 30 pounds since.”

Former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson to be a contestant on ‘Survivor: Nicaragua’ [Dallas Morning News]
Jimmy Johnson Almost A “Survivor” [NBC Miami]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.