Survivor Athletes: Ranking The Best To Play The Game

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There are a surprising number of professional sportsmen and sportswomen to play this game. Here are our rankings of the best Survivor athletes.

As of Game Changers, there have been 498 castaways to play the brutal game of Survivor. While the show started out with 16 average Americans a season, as time progressed, we’ve seen plenty of recognizable talent from the world of sports entertainment make their way onto the show and participate. Some Survivor athletes have even won. Ahead of NFL DT Brad Culpepper making his second attempt at winning in Survivor Game Changers, we have decided to rank all the Survivor athletes to have ever played ahead of the season’s debut on March 8 at 8 PM ET on CBS.

How we determined the Survivor athletes rankings is based on a couple of factors. To even qualify, someone must have performed athletically at a professional level, or at the highest level of collegiate athletics. Additionally, as the world of athletics grows, this list will including those who worked in athletic fields of varying levels that include eSports, poker, and others.

More importantly, the Survivor athlete rankings take into account each castaway’s skills within the game. This includes strategy, social play, survival, challenge performance, and general entertainment. How a player finishes in a season (or seasons) may partially be up to fate, so we don’t take that as the be-all, end-all factor. It does help!

It begins with, quite possibly, the dumbest player that will ever be a part of a Brains tribe.

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