Jimmy Johnson, noted FOX sports analyst and former Dallas Cowboys head coach, is one of the contestants on the newest outing of “Survivor,” taking place in Nicaragua. He popped on to ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” Wednesday (Sept. 1) to tell hosts Mike Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser about the experience.
“I had no mirror, I had no comb, I had no hairspray … it was brutal. I had no idea how my hair looked,” jokes Johnson, about his infamous white coif.
When asked why he wanted to do “Survivor,” Johnson says, “When I was a little kid, I had thoughts about going to the Amazon and the animals and nature … obviously football kept me from doing that, but once I got out of football … I applied for it three different times — got turned down once, second time because of medical, I couldn’t do it, finally got accepted the third time.”
Wilbon asks him if there came a time when he had a “be careful what you wish for” moment and Johnson promptly says, “The first night … the most miserable night I’ve ever had in my entire life. No food, no sleep, bugs biting you all the time, you’re trying to sleep in pouring down rain on some bamboo … but I’m glad I did it, it was a great adventure. It’s a memory I’ll always have, but it was miserable.”
Listen to the full interview here, it happens about halfway through the podcast.
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