'Amazing Race' Season 23 cast includes former NFL players, MLB wives and more

amazing-race-23-cast.jpg "The Amazing Race" returns Sunday, Sept. 29 with Phil Keoghan still at the helm and now CBS has announced the 11 teams that will race around the world for a $1 million prize.

See all 11 teams here in our photo gallery

This season, which marks the 23nd race around the world for the series, will bring back the Double Express Pass twist that was introduced last season, in which the first Team to check in at the first pit stop will earn two "Express Passes" -- one to keep for themselves and one that must be given to another Team by the end of the fifth leg of the Race.

As Teams travel through four continents and nine countries, spanning more than 35,000 miles, they will paraglide high above the skies of Iquique, Chile, subject themselves to a bone-chilling plunge in Norway and buckle up for Formula One Racing in Abu Dhabi. 

The teams are:

Name: Hoskote Venkatesh
Age: 60
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Current occupation: ER Doctor

Name: Naina Venkatesh
Age: 27
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Current occupation: Fitness Instructor

Connection: Father/Daughter

 
Jason Case
Age: 33
Hometown: Attleboro, Mass.
Current occupation: Owner of a Snowplow Company

Name: Amy Diaz
Age: 29
Hometown: Providence, R.I.
Current occupation: Social Media Manager

Connection: Dating


Name: Leo Temory
Age: 26
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: Entrepreneur/Restaurateur

Name: Jamal Zadran
Age: 26
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: CEO/Owner of Z.I.G. (Zadran Investment Group)

Connection: Cousins

 
Name: Tim Wiyninger
Age: 26
Hometown: Cordell, Okla. 
Current occupation: Oilfield Plant Operator

Name: Daniel "Danny" Merkey
Age: 25
Hometown: Cordell, Okla.
Current occupation: Oil Field Operator

Connection: Best Friends

 
Name:   Rowan Joseph
Age: 56
Hometown:  Charlotte, N.C.
Current occupation:  Actor, Producer, Director and Voiceover Artist

Name:  Shane Partlow
Age: 47
Hometown:  Charlotte, N.C.
Current occupation:  Actor/ Producer

Connection: Theater Performers. They call themselves the "Queens of Bingo."

 
Name: Brandon Squyres 
Age: 34
Hometown: Chico, Calif.
Current occupation: Contractor

Name: Adam Switzer
Age: 34
Hometown: Chico, Calif.
Current occupation: Eco-friendly farmer

Connection: Childhood Friends


Name: Allison "Ally" Mello
Age: 22
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: The NHL's LA Kings Ice Crew Girl

Name: Ashley Covert
Age: 25
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: The NHL's LA Kings Ice Crew Girl

Connection: LA Kings Ice Crew


Name: Nicole Jasper
Age: 39
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Current occupation: ER Physician 

Name: Travis Jasper
Age: 43
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga. 
Current occupation: ER Physician

Connection: Married ER Doctors

 

Name: Nicole "Nicky" Getz
Age: 27
Hometown: Splits time between Kansas City cand Troy, Mich.
Current occupation: Baseball Wife/Training to be a Pilates Instructor

*Married to Chris Getz, who played for the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals (currently)

Name: Kim DeJesus
Age: 32
Hometown: Chicago 
Current occupation: Baseball Wife

*Married to David DeJesus who played for the Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays (currently)

Connection: Baseball Wives

 
Name:   Timothy Sweeney
Age: 32
Hometown: Morristown, N.J.
Current occupation: Sports Marketing

Name: Marie "Reebs" Mazzocchi
Age: 29
Hometown: Morristown, N.J.
Current occupation: Fitness Trainer/Gym Owner

Connection: Exes

 
Name: Chester Pitts II
Age: 33
Hometown: Missouri City, Texas
Current occupation: Sports Analyst for "Texans Insider," Executive Consultant for ZT Wealth and Altus HMS.

*Played for Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks for more than 10 years in the NFL

Name:  Ephraim Salaam
Age: 36
Hometown: Studio City, Calif.
Current occupation:  Co-host of "Fox Sports Live."

*Played for Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons for 13 years in the NFL

Connection: Former NFL Teammates

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