'Survivor: Nicaragua': Ex-NFL coach Jimmy Johnson gets cast away
The 67-year-old Johnson, who coached the Cowboys to two Super Bowl wins in the 1990s, will be a contestant on "Survivor: Nicaragua," the Dallas Morning News reports. The CBS show began filming its 21st cycle in late June in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.
A CBS rep tells Zap2it that the network doesn't comment on casting speculation. The full "Survivor: Nicaragua" cast will be announced in mid-August.
"Survivor's" tight shooting schedule -- the game lasts 39 days -- means that Johnson should be back in the United States in plenty of time for his other TV job as an analyst on FOX's NFL pre-game show. (Presumably he can also film any new commercials for the herbal "male enhancement" pill he hawks later as well.) Johnson, who also coached the Miami Dolphins and at Oklahoma State and the University of Miami, has been with Fox Sports since 2000.
Johnson will be the second contestant with NFL ties to appear on "Survivor"; former quarterback Gary Hogeboom competed on "Survivor: Guatemala" in 2005. The Dallas Morning News also notes that Johnson was reportedly a finalist to make the "Survivor: Gabon" cast two years ago, but didn't make the last cut.
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