Jimmy Johnson, the Fox Sports analyst and legendary football coach, has confirmed that he is a contestant on the new season of "Survivor" — and credits the show with saving his life, reports USA Today.
Johnson, who coached the Dallas Cowboys to Super Bowl victories, said he wanted to get on t he show six years ago and was tentatively accepted three years ago, with the requirement of a physical, the story says.
That exam found that one of his heart arteries was completely blocked and another one was 70% obstructed. He had surgery a week later.
According to the article, Johnson said " ‘Survivor’ may have saved my life."
Johnson couldn’t disclose how long he lasted on the show, which is set in Nicaragua, but told UUSA Today that the rest of the cast at first thought he was a lookalike. When they realized it was Johnson, he says, "They asked me why I put myself through those hardships when I didn’t need the money. I told them it wasn’t about the money, it was about the adventure."