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Bobby Jon Drinkard

S11 Bobby Jon Drinkard

S10 Bobby Jon Drinkard

Contestant Profile
Birth Date May 10, 1977 (1977-05-10) (age 37)
Hometown Troy, Alabama
Occupation Waiter


Tribe(s) ██ Ulong
Placement 10/20
Challenge(s) Won 3
Vote(s) Against 2
Day(s) Lasted 21


Tribe(s) ██ Nakúm
██ Xhakúm
Placement 9/18
Alliance(s) Yaxhá Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 8
Vote(s) Against 8
Day(s) Lasted 24

Bobby Jon Drinkard is a contestant from Survivor: Palau and Survivor: Guatemala.

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 to lose a fire-making challenge prior to the merge.



Born and raised in Troy, Alabama, Bobby Jon Drinkard graduated from Charles Henderson High School, where he lettered in football. He was also a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) for four years. After high school, Drinkard was accepted at Troy State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations/Print Journalism in 2003. He was previously employed as a personal trainer, lifeguard and farmer. In the Spring of 2003, Drinkard was voted Alabama's most eligible bachelor by Cosmopolitan Magazine. He enjoys hunting, fishing, lifting weights, running, going to concerts and reading the bible. He describes himself as determined, bold and righteous. His perfect day begins with a workout, followed by fishing and then grilling with family and friends in the evening. His father is his hero because Drinkard believes he leads by example and never complains. Drinkard is a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.

Drinkard moved to Los Angeles in August, 2003 to pursue a modeling career. His birth date is May 10, 1977.


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Survivor: PalauEdit

Bobby Jon Drinkard was chosen by Jolanda Jones to be on the Ulong tribe. He commended her by saying "good choice". Bobby Jon picked Stephenie LaGrossa to be on the tribe. Ulong lost the challenge and he wanted Angie Jakusz gone for apparently being the weakest. Most of the tribe, however, blamed Jolanda and she was voted out instead. At the reward challenge, Ulong won in a landside. He realized that he judged Angie too quickly and was impressed by her performance in the challenge. Unfortunately, Ulong generally lost challenges. Bobby Jon was greatly frustrated by this in particular as he was often bested by Tom Westman. Bobby Jon was nearly voted out on Day twelve, as he tied with Angie. The tribe kept him for his athleticism and work ethic. Stephenie formed an alliance with Bobby Jon. He gave his word that he will not vote against her, but she lied to him about voting against him. He also formed a budding friendship with Ibrehem Rahman. Ulong won its final challenge for a trip to lake with stringless Jellyfish. Ultimately, he and Stephenie was the last two members left from Ulong. At Tribal Council because there was only two people left, a fire-making challenge was held. Bobby Jon being the tribe firemaker had the advantage, 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. None the less, its time for you to go."

Voting HistoryEdit

Bobby Jon's Voting History
Episode Bobby Jon's
Voted Against
Bobby Jon
1 Angie -
2 Ashlee -
3 Kim -
4 Kim -
5 Angie;
Angie, Stephenie;
6 James;
7 Ibrehem -
8 No Vote
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. At the revote, Bobby Jon did not receive enough votes to be eliminated.
^2 In Jellyfish 'n Chips, the vote ended with a 2-2 tie between James and Ibrehem, forcing a revote. Bobby Jon did not change his vote at 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.

Survivor: GuatemalaEdit

Statistics of Bobby Jon Drinkard
Seasons competed 2
Total number of days 45
Challenge Wins
Tribal wins 11
Individual wins 0
Total 11
Tribal Council
Total votes received 10
Exile Island
Times exiled N/A
Redemption Island
Days spent at Redemption Island N/A
Duels won N/A

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. He voted for his ally Danni to win.

Voting HistoryEdit

Bobby Jon's Voting History
Episode Bobby Jon 's
Voted Against
Bobby Jon
1 Jim -
2 Nakúm Tribe Immune
3 Nakúm Tribe Immune
4 Yaxhá Tribe Immune
5 Blake -
6 Brian Brian
7 Amy Amy
8 Jamie -
9 Stephenie Cindy, Jamie, Judd,
Lydia, Rafe, Stephenie
Voted Off, Day 24
Voted For
Sole Survivor

Post SurvivorEdit

  • Bobby Jon currently hosts an Alabama TV show called On the Job.
  • Bobby Jon is married to Hayley Cofer.
  • On January 9, 2010, Bobby Jon attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.


  • Bobby Jon is the only contestant to be eliminated from a tribe of 2 remaining castaways.
  • Bobby Jon was the only Ulong member to not be voted out (due to Ulong only being down to two people at the time).
  • Bobby Jon is one of six castaways to be eliminated without being voted out, medically evacuated, or quitting. The others are Rupert Boneham, Paschal English, Jonathan Libby, Wanda Shirk, and Katie Collins.
    • However, unlike the other four, Bobby Jon and Katie did receive votes at previous tribal councils, while the others never received a vote in the game at all.
  • Bobby Jon is one of eight castaways (the others being Rob Mariano, Shii Ann Huang, Russell SwanMichael Skupin, Francesca HogiColton Cumbie, and Monica Culpepper) that returned for a second season despite not reaching the jury stage in their original season.
  • Bobby Jon and his Ulong tribemates James Miller and Ibrehem Rahman are the first Survivor contestants from the state of Alabama.
  • Bobby Jon is one of seven castaways to a compete in back to back seasons (the others are Rupert Boneham, Stephenie LaGrossa, Amanda Kimmel, James ClementRussell Hantz, and Malcolm Freberg).
    • However, Bobby Jon is the only one of these 7 to not make the Final 7 in any participated season.
    • Aside from Malcolm, who is the most recent to play back to back seasons, he is the only one not to play 3 times.
  • Bobby Jon, along with Stephenie LaGrossa, are the first post-Survivor: All-Stars returnees to compete more then once.
  • Bobby Jon participated in the casting for Survivor: Blood vs. Water with his female cousin, but didn't make the final cut. 
  • Bobby Jon was the lowest ranking contestant from Palau to return.
  • Bobby Jon is the first male castaway to have two names in a first name.


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