Football Coach Legend Jimmy Johnson Explains Why He Spent a Lot of Time in His Underwear on ‘Survivor’ … And How the Show Literally Saved His Life

Sep 10, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Football coaching legend Jimmy Johnson explained to reporters on Thursday why he spent a lot of time in his skivvies on the forthcoming edition of  "Survivor,"  reports the Los Angeles Times’ ShowTracker blog.

Johnson, 67, who coached the Dallas Cowboys to Super Bowl victories, said he got tired of living in wet, smelly clothes, the story says.

He also explains his strategy for declining the role of tribe leader: "I told them right upfront, ‘Listen I don’t want to be the leader. I’ve watched "Survivor" enough to know that the guy out front, he’s the first one voted off,’" he said he told his team, made up of contestants over 40 years old.

Johnson added that he wouldn’t compete on the show again because he was pushed to the limit. (He noted that he consumed less than 100 calories on many days.) "It’s as difficult as I thought it was going to be and more," Johnson said, according to the article.

He also explained how the show saved his life. The story says that three years ago Johnson had tried out for the show "and made it through all of the hurdles until a physical showed he had one blocked artery and another artery that was 70% blocked. The show ‘probably saved my life,’ he said."

The article continues, "Once he regained his health and got into excellent shape, shedding 30 pounds, Johnson applied again. This time, there was no stopping him…."

Johnson appears on "Survivor: Nicaragua," which debuts on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010. ("Survivor" moves to Wednesday this season.)


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