Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Brad Culpepper learned how quickly the tide can change on “Survivor: Blood vs. Water,” making himself a target in the opening minutes of the CBS reality show.
After the pairs of contestants were blindsided, learning they would be competing not with, but against each other — veterans vs. their loved ones — Culpepper said he would find it difficult not to help his wife, Monica, even though she’s on the opposing tribe.
That comment earned him a few evil eyes from his fellow Tadhana members.
“I answered with my heart not my head,’’ he said. “Oh my God, the first five seconds of the game, way to go, Brad,” he said, gesturing as if he’d shot himself in the head.
He later told his team that he is 100 percent with them.
Then he backed up those words by building an alliance with the men in his tribe and performing well, in a losing effort, during the immunity challenge, which he compared to playing football.
“I was jacked up ... it felt like Sunday again,” he said.
The couple wore caps with a “P” logo, paying homage to Plant High, where their son, Rex, is a quarterback on the football team.
At the end of the first show, Culpepper was in a leadership role in his tribe and Marisa Peterson, niece of veteran player Gervase Peterson was voted out.