When you watch Jimmy Johnson this season on “Survivor: Nicaragua,” you will see a man tested in ways he never was before. He explains what his eyes have been “opened up” to while he competed in Nicaragua. He doesn’t liken the experience to football training. He insists it’s harder and appreciates what those living with less in this world endure every single day. If “Survivor” brought anything more into Johnson’s life, its compassion for the less fortunate, as revealed in a TV Squad interview.
Johnson Has Always Had His Eye on the Prize
We’ve seen the former NFL coach bark strategies from the sidelines to his players and win numerous victories. As a result, the hardworking Jimmy Johnson has been paid handsomely and enjoyed the privileges of being the top at his game. Fiercely driven, Johnson had his eye on the next prize title. In order to accomplish that, he had to be aware of those around him and what made them tick. When you’ve been a world class football coach in the NFL as long as he has, you have to be in tune to people.
Nicaragua Made Jimmy See What We Take For Granted
Competing in Nicaragua as a “Survivor” contestant made him notice what others in that country were enduring – hunger, poverty, and despair.
Jimmy said about his 39 days in Nicaragua to TV Squad: “I think actually experiencing… I think coming away from it made me realize number one what our forefathers went through, but more important than that, (that) so many people in the world today go through with the lack of clean of water, with the lack of food, lack of shelter. The hardships that some people endure all over the world and some here in the United States. It made me appreciate so much more the luxuries that we do have. And it made me feel bad about the people that don’t have those luxuries.“
It was eye-opening for the “Survivor” contestant who normally doesn’t encounter such despair. It’s a culture shock for anyone, but especially for those of great wealth.
“Without question, it makes me more receptive to charities and helping the poor and the needy and the hungry,” Johnson told TV Squad. “Without question it opened up my eyes as far as what people are enduring around the world.“
Johnson Got a Taste of Hunger in Nicaragua
Jimmy Johnson admits being on “Survivor” was hard and took a lot of adjusting. He pushed through hunger, but he believes it meant something else in his case.
“The hunger is really, I think the body adjusted, you know I didn’t have a lot of energy but I wasn’t just hungry all the time as I was tired.”
Johnson says if he wins the “Survivor: Nicaragua” season, he will donate the prize money to charity. What charities will he support after the reality show experience? His eyes have surely been opened up to more than a tribal competition in a foreign country.
Source: TV Squad