Getalong, Cowboy! Jimmy Johnson Voted Off Of ‘Survivor’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jimmy Johnson won’t be adding the title of sole “Survivor” to his winning resume.

The silver-haired, 67-year-old former coach of the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins was the third person voted off the Nicaragua-set 21st edition of the CBS reality TV competition Wednesday. Johnson, the oldest member of the Espada tribe, declared himself the weakest castaway at Tribal Council and was unanimously booted by his fellow mature tribemates.

“I had fun, but I was miserable the whole time,” he said. “I still love the game, and it’s been a great adventure. This is the most stressful time I’ve ever gone through in my life, and I’m including Super Bowls and collegiate national championships. I initially said, ‘Keep your strongest members.’ I obviously wasn’t one of the strongest members.”

Johnson, always more affable than athletic, wasn’t able to lead his tribe to victory in an immunity challenge that involved rolling barrels along the beach then landing sand bags on top of them.

Marty Piombo, the scheming 48-year-old technology executive, led the campaign to oust Johnson, saying he needed “to remove him so people will lose their daddy.”

“Oh, man,” Piombo earlier groaned. “Why do we get stuck with a celebrity on our team?”

This season, the tribes have been divided by age. While they weren’t forced to dismiss a team member, the younger La Flor tribe experienced their own drama after winning groceries. NaOnka Mixon, the sassy 27-year-old teacher, tussled with 26-year-old medical student and amputee Kelly Bruno over a clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol found in a basket of fruit.

Mixon warned: “Don’t think that I’m gonna be nice to you because you have one leg.”

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  • Hoyt Narimatsu

    Finally I had the opportunity to view this past week’s episode of Survivor. I witnessed Jimmy Johnson end up being dispatched back home. Coach Jimmy unfortunately did not remain on the show for very long. I felt that Dan needs to have been voted out he has been seriously stressed. I really don’t believe coach would be a risk this early in the competition. Jimmy Johnson was by far the most prolific players considering his qualifications as a sports coach. These people could very well have held onto him for a longer time.

  • football

    In an after-the-show talk show, Jimmy Johnson is apparently claiming that he did not have any idea that the guys did not respect his lead. Mr. Johnson suspected that he should have shored up support with the female contestants. On a optimistic note, Coach Jimmy apparently said goodbye to more than 30 lbs of flab!

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