Jimmy Johnson
S21 Jimmy Johnson
Contestant Profile
Born: July 16, 1943 (1943-07-16) (age 74)
Hometown: Islamorada, Florida
Occupation: Former NFL Coach
Survivor Career
Version: United States
Tribe(s): Espada
Finish: 18/20
Challenge Wins: 1
Votes Against: 8
Days Lasted: 8

James William "Jimmy "Johnson is a contestant from Survivor: Nicaragua.

A retired NFL Coach, Johnson was the most recognizable castaway on his season. However, his leadership over the tribe was seen as a threat, leading to his early elimination.


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Name: Jimmy Johnson (67)
Tribe: Espada
Current Residence: Islamorada, Fla.
Occupation: Former NFL Coach
Personal Claim to Fame: Winning two college national championships with Arkansas (playing) and University of Miami (coaching) and winning two Super Bowl championships coaching the Dallas Cowboys.
Hobbies: Fishing, scuba diving and boating.
Pet Peeves: People being lazy or late.
3 Words to Describe You: Happy, intelligent and goal oriented.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Tom Westman, because he is trustworthy.
Reason for being on SURVIVOR: For the adventure!
Why you think you will be the sole SURVIVOR: Because people can trust me, and I'm not a threat.[1]


Being the oldest among the Survivor: Nicaragua castaways, Johnson was placed in the Espada tribe. The rival La Flor tribe displayed their disappointment of not having the legendary NFL coach as a tribemate. Jimmy's fellow male Espada tribemates, however, resented the coach's popularity.

His leadership role might not have been on the competition side, but his compassionate approach to his tribe mates earned their respect. Tribemate Yve Rojas even confessed that she was still starstruck towards Jimmy J. every time they had a conversation. Though the females adored his presence, his other male tribe members became skeptic about him, most notably Marty Piombo, who didn't like the fact that they have a celebrity on their tribe and didn't want to do anything with him. His celebrity status became an issue for the tribe, with his male tribe mates wanting to oust him immediately, stating that no one from the jury would give him a vote on Day 39, stipulating his wealthiness, though Jimmy J. already declared that he only wanted to compete just for the experience, but was eager to help his tribe mates to make sure that the winner would come from Espada. Additionally, Johnson threw up on their first night after overworking at camp, adding more reasons to eliminate him, though he was livelier the next day. The other Espada males were put on hold when they decided to eliminate weaker tribe mate Wendy DeSmidt-Kohlhoff and then winning the second Immunity Challenge.

After Marty revealed his Hidden Immunity Idol, he used it to lure his tribe mates to do whatever he wanted. When Espada lost the third Immunity Challenge, they decided to follow Marty's lead, and Jimmy Johnson was eliminated unanimously after a 8-1 vote.

Voting History

Jimmy J.'s Voting History
Episode Jimmy J.'s
Voted Against
Jimmy J.
1 Wendy -
2 Espada Tribe Immune
3 Dan Dan, Holly, Jane, Jill,
Jimmy T., Marty, Tyrone, Yve
Voted Off, Day 8


  • Jimmy Johnson became an analyst for Fox NFL Sunday. He currently resides in the Florida Keys.[2]



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