|Bobby Jon Drinkard|
|Born:||May 10, 1977|
He is remembered for being one of the last two remaining castaways on the Ulong tribe. At the time, Drinkard was regarded by Probst as one of the hardest working Survivors ever, and became the first person be eliminated due to losing a fire-making challenge.
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Bobby Jon Drinkard was chosen by Jolanda Jones to be on the Ulong tribe. He jokingly commended her by saying "good choice". Bobby Jon then picked Stephenie LaGrossa to be on the tribe. Ulong lost the first challenge and he blamed Angie Jakusz because she was apparently the weakest member of the tribe. He campaigned to get Angie out of the tribe but most of the tribe, blamed Jolanda and she was voted out instead. At the Reward Challenge, Ulong won in a landslide. Later he realized that he judged Angie too quickly and was impressed by her performance in the next challenge. Ulong was just unlucky and lost nearly every challenge. Bobby Jon was frustrated by the losing streak and to make matters worse he was being outdone by Tom Westman. Bobby Jon was nearly voted out on day twelve, when he tied with Angie at tribal for the most votes. In the end, the tribe decided to keep him for his athleticism and work ethic. As the days passed, Stephenie formed an alliance with Bobby Jon. They promised each other they would never vote for each other but she lied to him, and at one point she did cast a vote for Bobby Jon. He also formed a budding friendship with Ibrehem Rahman. Ulong won its final Reward Challenge for a trip to the lake with string-less Jellyfish. Ultimately, he and Stephenie were the last two members left from Ulong. That night at Tribal Council, because there were only two people left, a fire-making challenge was held. Stephenie's flame lit her torch first, eliminating Bobby Jon from the competition on Day 21. The duo said goodbye and Bobby Jon told Stephenie to "win this thing". Jeff said before he snuffed Bobby Jon's Torch, "The tribe definitely did not speak tonight. Nonetheless, it's time for you to go."
|Bobby Jon's Voting History|
|Episode|| Bobby Jon's|
| Voted Against|
| Angie, Stephenie;|
|Eliminated, Day 213|
^1 In The Best and Worst Reward Ever, the vote ended with a 2-2 tie between Bobby Jon and Angie, forcing a revote. On the revote, Bobby Jon did not receive any votes to be eliminated.
^2 In Jellyfish 'n Chips, the vote ended with a 2-2 tie between Ibrehem and James, forcing a revote. Bobby Jon did not change his vote on the revote.
^3 In Neanderthal Man, there was a fire-making challenge instead of a vote at Tribal Council between Bobby Jon and Stephenie. Bobby Jon lost the challenge and was eliminated from the game.
Bobby Jon was placed on the Nakúm tribe initially. After the opening eleven mile hike, he felt very weak and had a hard time moving his legs. In addition, his eyes rolled back in his head while he was resting. Margaret Bobonich took care of him until he regained his health. Nakúm only lost one Immunity Challenge before the tribal swap, where Bobby Jon and tribemates Danni Boatwright, Blake Towsley, and Brandon Bellinger were swapped to Yaxhá. The former Nakúm members held the majority over the former Yaxhá members, but lost it when Bobby Jon and Danni voted against Blake for his obnoxious behavior at camp concerning his frat stories.
Bobby Jon, Danni, and Brandon voted with Gary Hogeboom to eliminated former Yaxhá members Brian Corridan and Amy O'Hara, narrowly missing being eliminated. Some of his tribemates believed that he didn't deserve a second chance, since they were all on their first one.
Bobby Jon then merged into the new Xhakúm tribe, where he was down in numbers and was targeted for being a huge physical threat. Brandon was voted out, securing Bobby Jon's spot on the jury. After losing the next Immunity Challenge, Bobby Jon was made the first jury member.
At Final Tribal Council, he voted for his ally Danni to win.
|Bobby Jon's Voting History|
|Episode|| Bobby Jon 's|
| Voted Against|
|2||Nakúm Tribe Immune|
|3||Nakúm Tribe Immune|
|4||Yaxhá Tribe Immune|
|9||Stephenie|| Cindy, Jamie, Judd,|
Lydia, Rafe, Stephenie
|Voted Off, Day 24|
| Voted For|
- Bobby Jon currently hosts an Alabama TV show called On the Job.
- On January 9, 2010, Bobby Jon attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.
- Bobby Jon is married to Hayley Cofer and they have one daughter named Vivian.
|Statistics of Bobby Jon Drinkard|
|Total votes received:||10|
|Days spent on Redemption Island:||N/A|
- Bobby Jon and his Ulong tribemates James Miller and Ibrehem Rahman are the first Survivor contestants from the state of Alabama.
- Bobby Jon is the only contestant to be eliminated from a tribe of 2 remaining castaways.
- Bobby Jon is one of seven castaways to be eliminated without being voted out, medically evacuated, or quitting. The others are Rupert Boneham, Paschal English, Jonathan Libby, Wanda Shirk, Katie Collins, and Jessica Lewis.
- Bobby Jon is the only castaway to outlast more than half of the other castaways in a season, but be eliminated before the jury stage.
- Bobby Jon is the lowest ranking contestant from Palau to return and the only returning player from Palau to never reach the Final Tribal Council.
- Bobby Jon was the first male contestant (and second overall, after Shii Ann Huang) to return for a second season after being eliminated during the tribal stage of their original season.
- Bobby Jon is one of fifteen castaways (the others being Rob Mariano, Shii Ann Huang, Russell Swan, Michael Skupin, Francesca Hogi, Colton Cumbie, Monica Culpepper, Jeff Varner, Kimmi Kappenberg, Andrew Savage, Kelley Wentworth, Brad Culpepper, Caleb Reynolds, and Michaela Bradshaw) that returned for a second season despite not reaching the jury stage in their original season.
- Bobby Jon is one of eleven castaways to compete in back-to-back seasons (the others are Rupert Boneham, Stephenie LaGrossa, Amanda Kimmel, James Clement, Russell Hantz, Malcolm Freberg, Shirin Oskooi, Joe Anglim, Michaela Bradshaw, and Zeke Smith).
- Bobby Jon and Stephenie are the first returning players to be placed on a tribe of new players on their subsequent attempt at Survivor. They were followed by Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz in Redemption Island, Ozzy Lusth and Coach Wade in South Pacific, and Michael Skupin, Jonathan Penner, and Russell Swan in Philippines.
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