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Grant Mattos
S22 Grant Mattos
Contestant Profile
Birth Date March 12, 1981 (1981-03-12) (age 34)
Hometown Mountain View, California
Occupation Ex-NFL Player;
Yoga instructor

Redemption Island

Tribe(s) Ometepe
Murlonio
Placement 8/18
Alliance(s) Stealth R Us
Challenge(s) Won 6
Vote(s) Against 10
Day(s) Lasted 36
Gallery

Grant Logan Mattos is a contestant from Survivor: Redemption Island.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

Name (Age): Grant Mattos (29)
Tribe: Ometepe
Current Residence: West Hollywood, Calif.
Occupation: Yoga Instructor
Personal Claim to Fame: Playing in the NFL
Inspiration in Life: My wife. With her in my life, I can do anything.
Hobbies: Largemouth bass fishing, surfing and writing.
Pet Peeves: When someone uses the word "like" every other second.
3 Words to Describe You: Outgoing, positive and friendly.
Reason for being on SURVIVOR: It's a huge mental and physical challenge. I want to get to know my true self better.
Why you think you'll "survive" SURVIVOR: I am physically and mentally strong and consider myself to be a good leader.
Reason why you think you will be the Sole Survivor: I have been through a lot and can push myself mentally and physically.

Survivor: Redemption Island

Grant quickly established himself as one of the strongest physical presences on the Ometepe tribe. He also was in the majority alliance within the tribe with Rob Mariano, Natalie Tenerelli, Ashley Underwood, Andrea Boehlke, and Matt Elrod to begin the game. Matt Elrod would be blindsided by the alliance on Day 5 however, and would be replaced in the 6 person alliance by Phillip Sheppard. Grant and Rob Mariano gained a particularly close bond early on.

Immediately after the merge Grant was the first targetted by the opposing Zapatera tribe as being seen as possibly the strongest physical threat on the Ometepe tribe, and also tribe leader Rob Mariano's main ally. Mike Chiesl would write a note to Matt Elrod (just now back from Redemption Island), promising him final 3 if he and Andrea Boehlke flipped sides and voted off Grant. Matt would refuse to flip, and be conned by Grant and Rob into going along with a false plan to vote off Steve Wright instead, when Matt was in reality now the blindside target of the alliance again. Grant narrowly escaped in the first vote after the merge where he received 5 votes to 6 for Matt Elrod (Steve receiving the other from Matt).

He would remain safe for quite awhile after this. The Ometepe 6 person alliance picked off the Zapatera tribe one at a time, with the Zapatera tribe members trying in vein to get Grant and the female Ometepes on board to vote off either Rob or Phillip. As the final Zapatera members fought to save themselves, Steve Wright gave an ominous warning to Grant about what happens to Rob's friends when he no longer needs them, referencing his betrayal of Lex van den Berghe on Survivor All Stars. He also warned about Rob wanting to take Phillip all the way to the finals. Grant remained unconcerned and trusting in his alliance with Rob. Once finally down to the Ometepe 6 things started out well for Grant, with Grant and Rob together orchestrating the blindside of Grant's closest female ally but possible threat Andrea Boehlke. However with only 5 people left, and seemingly in a secure spot to go right to the end and quite possibly win the game, he would be blindsided after primary target Ashley Underwood saved herself by winning immunity. His closest ally Rob Mariano (along with Ashley who had argued the idea to Rob days earlier) would orchestrate the blindside, as he viewed Grant a major threat to get the jury votes to win the game, and believed his chances of winning would be much higher against Natalie Tenerelli, Phillip Sheppard, or Ashley Underwood. Rob had told Grant that Natalie Tenerelli was going home that night, and had considered voting her out as well to break up the potential girls alliance, but ended up having the whole tribe vote out Grant.

He had one final shot to return but came last in the final Redemption Island duel against Mike Chiesl, Matt Elrod, and Andrea Boehlke, dropping his final placement from 5th to 8th.

Grant would be upset with Rob as he had believed all along Rob would take him to the F3. At the Final Tribal Council Grant would ask both Natalie and Rob about the nature of their alliance, pointing out he also had an alliance with Rob that he had felt was strong, and ask Rob about the reasoning for the betrayal. Natalie answered the alliance between Rob and Grant was probably similar to Rob's and her own, but that Grant was a major threat. Grant was then told by Rob that he believed Grant would have won the game had he taken him to the end, and that is why he felt he had to vote him out. Grant would still would vote for Rob to win the game, as he felt he played the best game of the Final 3.

Voting History

Grant's Voting History
Episode Grant's
Votes
Voted Against
Grant
1 Francesca -
2 Matthew -
3 Ometepe Tribe Immune
4 Phillip -
5 Ometepe Tribe Immune
6 Ometepe Tribe Immune
7 Ometepe Tribe Immune
8 Matthew David, Julie, Mike,
Ralph, Steve
9 Mike Individual Immunity
David -
10 Julie -
11 Ralph Individual Immunity
Steve Steve
12 Andrea -
13 Natalie Ashley, Natalie,
Phillip, Rob
Voted Off, Day 35
14 On Redemption Island
Eliminated, Day 36
Voted for
Sole Survivor
Rob

Post-Survivor

  • Following Mattos' duration on Survivor: Redemption Island, he married Canadian actress Christina Cox and they have one daughter, a girl named Flynn.[1]
  • Before and after Survivor until 2013, Grant was an instructor at City Yoga LA until partway through 2013.[2]
  • Grant was a head Yoga Instructor at Moga Yoga in Los Angeles through 2015.[3][4]
  • Grant relocated from Los Angeles to Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the end of April 2015.[5][6]
  • Grant relocated from Toronto to New York City sometime in the fall of 2015 and works at Moda Yoga NYC.[7][8]
  • According to an interview with fellow castaway Natalie Tenerelli in December 2015, Grant and Rob had a falling out due to the blindside, and have not been in contact since the Reunion.[9]

Trivia

  • Grant is one of the two former NFL players on Survivor: Redemption Island; the other being Steve Wright.
  • Grant was friends with Natalie Bolton, who was a big part of him auditioning for Survivor.[10]
  • Grant is the only Survivor player in history to be 3 Tribal Councils from the Final Tribal Council, but still finish as low as 8th.
  • Grant is the only Survivor player in history to finish lower than someone who was voted out as many as 30 days before he would be (Matthew Elrod).
  • Grant was the only player to cast a vote for Natalie Tenerelli, either to be voted out or to win the game, thus preventing her from joining Sugar Kiper from Survivor: Gabon as the second person to not have their name written down in any capacity all game.

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