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Top 25 Sports Personalities That Everyone Would Love To See On “Survivor”

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25 Sports Personalities That Everyone Would Love To See On “Survivor”

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CBS released the new cast of its neverending hit show “Survivor” on January 22. It includes a former NBA star in Cliff Robinson, who played the majority of his prolific 18-year career with the Portland Trail Blazers. Morgan McLeod is a former San Francisco 49ers cheerleader, and apparently was selected for that role when she was still in high school. David Samson, president of the Miami Marlins, will also compete. A professional poker player, horse trainer, nuclear engineer and two police officers are also featured in this season’s cast.

This season will take place in the Cagayan province of the Philippines, and is the first season since 2012 that the show will have a season without returning players. The contestants will be split into three tribes: “Brains”, “Beauty” and “Brawn”. Samson will be on the “Brains” tribe, McLeod on “Beauty”, and Robinson on “Brawn”.

Now in its 28th season, the show has seen its ratings dip. Will this new format be a step forward for the brand, or will it continue on a downward trend? The first and second seasons averaged almost 30 million viewers per episode. Over time, those numbers have gradually declined and have been hovering just over 10 million for the last five or six seasons.

Now, let’s fast forward a few years. The “Survivor” executives decide to do something that’s never been done before: have a contest with just sports personalities and no one else. Who would you like to see compete? I came up with the following list, and I think we could all agree that it would make for very entertaining television if any of these names were ever involved on the show. The major demographics will all be covered as hot girls, good-looking guys, comedians and straight-up insane people will all be featured on this cast.

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25. Kris Humphries

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The former Mr. Kardashian is used to being on camera, and is also used to hearing all the criticism from doing so. Deep down, he seems like a nice guy, but I’d tune in to see him get ridiculed for his 72-day marriage to the diva.

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24. Andy Roddick

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Now voicing his often ridiculous opinions on Fox Sports 1 as an “analyst”, the former top-10 tennis player and his short temper would be very entertaining for viewers at home. Also, if serving a tennis ball is one of the challenges, he would certainly win immunity.

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23. Tim Tebow

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Timmy Tebow could use this experience as a showcase of his NFL skills for all those interested GMs out there. I can just imagine him running through sand shirtless, holding wood for the fire like a football, while juking tropical bugs as if they were linebackers. Okay, I got a little sidetracked there.

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22. Rob Gronkowski

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Gronk would probably participate in this show with whatever injury he managed to get at that point in time. Broken leg? No problem. Gronk will do what he wants. Remember when he was suplexing his brothers in a nightclub right after he had surgery on his elbow last year? He goes all-out all the time, and would be my pick to win it all. I honestly think he’d put his body in harm’s way to get it done with no second thought.

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21. Charissa Thompson

Twitter @CharissaT

Charissa Thompson is one of the best female voices in all of sports, and is very easy on the eyes. A fun subplot would be if Andy Roddick finally tries to make a move on her on the show. I see you on Fox Sports Live, Andy. I see you. Her boyfriend Jason Williams won’t be cool with that, bro.

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20. Bill Belichick

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This would be one of the most intriguing contestant on the show. I would just be looking at him to see if he shows any kind of positive emotion. Probably wouldn't happen.

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19. Dennis Rodman

Twitter @dennisrodman

Dennis Rodman could use all of the lessons he has learned since befriending North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and apply them to surviving on an island. In other words, he would be immediately voted out due to the fear of him by his tribesmen. But, due to a lack of resources, we might actually see his natural hair color.

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18. John Rocker

Twitter @Johnrockerbook

Known as one of the nicest, classiest baseball players in history, John Rocker would be a great contestant, showing grace in victory and defeat. In all seriousness, I’d like to see what he looks like off of PEDs.

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17. Tonya Harding

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We have seen Tonya Harding go to all extents to win. You know what I’m talking about. Could she sway John Rocker to go over to Bill Belichick when he’s sleeping and sprain his ankle? I’d like to see her try. In this picture, taken over 10 years ago, you can see a little bit of crazy in her eyes, and I like it.

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16. John Daly

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John Daly is so far into bankruptcy that this might actually be a nice experience for him. Removed from a world of casinos, beer and expensive food, this might actually change his life.

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15. Metta World Peace

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Metta World Peace. All the producers have to do is get him on camera saying literally anything and it’s gold.

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14. Mike Tyson

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Iron Mike has claimed to have turned his life around, but this experience would push him to the limit. At some point, he would break and most likely break someone’s face.

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13. Melanie Adams

Twitter @MelAdamsFitness

An Australian pole vaulter, Miss Adams could pole vault with sticks and branches all over the island, therefore being an essential member to her team. That’s the only reason I featured her. Yep, the only reason.

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12. Ronda Rousey

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Ronda Rousey is a female UFC fighter. She also happens to be kind of hot -- the perfect combination for “Survivor”.

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11. Charles Barkley

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Hearing “That's turrible” multiple times per episode would be very entertaining.

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10. Leryn Franco

Twitter @LerynFranco

A Paraguayan Olympic Javelin thrower, Leryn Franco could catch fish with her deadly accuracy and strength, therefore being a food provider for her tribe. Once again, that’s the only reason why I featured her. Judging by her Twitter profile picture above, that’s definitely the only reason why.

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9. Brian Wilson

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With that beard, he simply looks like he should be on the show.

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8. Miesha Tate

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Miesha Tate would have a direct enemy in Ronda Rousey, another female UFC fighter. Viewers might be treated to some hard-hitting grappling action in every episode.

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7. Maria Sharapova


Hearing her tennis shriek during daily activities and challenges would bring a smile to viewers’ faces.

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6. Anastasia Ashley

Twitter @AnastasiaAshley

Anastasia Ashley is a pro surfer, and there is water around the Philippines. Therefore, it just makes sense.

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5. Shaquille O'Neal

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Seeing Shaq try to fit into small places and run on the beach would be pretty funny. For some reason, I can picture him and Belichick becoming friends and mutually hating the experience.

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4. Misty May-Treanor

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Misty May-Treanor is an all-time American great in beach volleyball. She belongs on the beach. She's classy, yet feisty. Shaq could lift her up and she could spike coconuts off of trees. No coconuts in the Philippines? Does it really matter?

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3. Alana Blanchard

Twitter @alanaRblanchard

Another surfer, Alana Blanchard was named the Hottest Female Athlete of 2013 on my list last month. She would surely get male viewers to tune in. Just look at her.

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2. Yao Ming

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Yao and Shaq could have a rivalry for the best big man on the island. Seeing both of them in swimming trunks while standing next to everybody else would also be hilarious.

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1. Jonny Gomes

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Jonny Gomes is definitely insane. He showed in the 2013 World Series that he is living in some kind of other world, and what better place to get pumped up than on “Survivor”? Along with Gronk, Gomes would go all-out and sacrifice his well being and personal health in order to secure a victory for his tribe.