Jimmy Johnson is holding his own on Survivor: Nicaragua much to the delight of senior citizens everywhere.
Survivor and football fans probably ask the question, “How old is Jimmy Johnson” when watching the gray haired, former coach compete on the weekly reality television competition. Jimmy Johnson, the former Dallas Cowboys head coach, is 67 years young and proving he belongs each week on the CBS reality show.
Johnson, according to this story in the LA Times, underwent heart surgery just three years ago and dropped 30 pounds. I would imagine he’ll lose a lot more than that on his stint with Survivor: Nicaragua if he continues to stick around. So far Johnson hasn’t strayed too far away from his coaching roots. Johnson has rallied his tribe, which consists of the older players on Survivor: Nicaragua on several occasions. Is it annoying the other players? Probably to some extent but not because Johnson is older and pretends to be wiser–but because some just don’t want to be coached because of various reasons.
Some cast members seem to truly respect the fact that Johnson has coaching experience and feed off that. Others aren’t handling it that well. It has been a mixed bag of reactions to the senior citizen, former coach and now television commentator for FOX. No matter how Johnson finishes on Survivor: Nicaragua, it should send an important message to senior citizens. The fact that Johnson stays extremely busy-whether it’s Survivor or his job as a commentator should be uplifting to many seniors who feel as if they should retire at age 67 and quit working.
Johnson appears to be a true busy body that is up for many challenges. Survivor is typically the hardest game show on television to compete in–but Johnson admits he was a fan for a long time before finally attempting the show. It was obviously a huge challenge and that’s why Johnson just went for it. Senior citizens have to admire anyone of that age, let alone Johnson who has enough money that he’s there for game play, who will take the risk of playing Survivor. It’s quite amazing that this guy could sit on his tail and retire but yet he consistently wants to put another hurdle in his own path to cross. Some may consider that foolish–but you have to respect his work ethic and ability to keep plugging away at obstacles even when he could easily be resting on a very expensive sofa.
I am not sure how the Jimmy Johnson Survivor: Nicaragua stint could be seen as foolish by anyone-especially in the Senior community. He’s still living life to the fullest–and that should be commendable by most people in the same age group. I find it kind of uplifting that Johnson is still out there competing with kids much younger than he is-and doing quite well at that. Johnson should be applauded for his efforts-even if it is eventually in vain.
Can Jimmy Johnson win Survivor: Nicaragua? He has already told his teammates he doesn’t need the money. Johnson says that he can though take someone with him to the finals. That’s a pretty strong reason not to vote off Johnson. If that’s a strategy, that’s a pretty darn good one. Who wouldn’t want to take coach with them if they made the final two? Perhaps cast members will feel like the jury will vote for Johnson hands down if he does make it to the final two because of his age. I think Johnson could convince teammates that he is not a threat and therefore win a vote of peers if he does make the final two somehow. Will the other cast members allow that to happen? Probably not. Still, it will be great fun watching a fellow senior citizen kick butt and take names on Survivor:Nicaragua as long as Jimmy Johnson is still around.