Does everyone smell terrible?
JJ: Yeah, but we all smelled the same so nobody notices. You didn’t notice it. I’ll tell you when you really noticed it is after you get voted off and somebody would come in who just got voted off and they would just reek. But when you’re out there with them, you didn’t really notice it that much ‘cause y’all smelled the same. You got accustomed to it.
Plus, it’s open air, right?
JJ: Yeah, but you still reek, plus the fire smell ‘cause you’re standing around a fire the whole time. Especially the women, it makes your hair all smoky.
Anyone on your Fox NFL Sunday show that you think could cut it?
JJ: No, definitely not.
Not even Terry (Bradshaw)?
JJ: No, Terry’s the most spoiled of all of us even though he’s kind of an outdoorsy person.
What was your wife saying as she was watching it?
JJ: She said she got teared up when I got voted off, but she enjoyed it.
Was she worried about your heart?
JJ: Yeah, a little bit. In fact, she didn’t really want me to do it but it ended up, David Hill gave me the greatest advice of anybody, he’s the president of Fox Sports. He said, "Enjoy your adventure but don’t be stupid, don’t push it further than you should," which, near the end, when you’ve got no energy at all, you’re trying to carry firewood and just doing chores around camp. I mean, you could carry some firewood for 15, 20 yards and then you’d just have to sit down and rest because you’ve just got no energy at all.
And you don’t realize how it affects you mentally. You see some of the challenges and some of the mental challenges about remembering this, remembering that, and you say, “God, they’re all incoherent," but there’s a reason why they’re incoherent, it’s just 'cause they’re drained, mentally and physically. It really affects your mind. It will be interesting, though, the dynamics of the show.
Anything you ate while you were there that you didn’t expect you’d ever eat?
JJ: They told us, in the pregame, they went through things that you could eat, that you could kill, you know, animals, etc. etc., and the types of fish that were there and boiling the water and doing all of the different things and they actually showed us a fruit that’s in Nicaragua called the jicaro. It’s like a gourd, and they said you could eat this fruit and so the very first day, there were plenty of them around, and we actually used the gourds for cups and stuff. So I tried to eat some of it, and I ate two of them, and four of us ate some, and three of us just got sick. It came right back up, so I didn’t eat any more jicaro.
There was also the tamarind seed, you could just eat the outside skin and husk and everything, but it's just a little seed that we ate. That’s about all that we had. Nothing disgusting, like some of the survivors used to have to eat some disgusting stuff. At least they didn’t have to on this particular Survivor.