Ranking Three-Time Survivor Players – Number 10: Colby Donaldson
Colby Donaldson was the first Survivor cowboy, but every time he returned, his stock went down. He made it all the way to the end on the Australian Outback, but made the boneheaded decision to take Tina with him to the end.
Tina won, of course, and Colby never was able to make it to the end of the game again. He didn’t make the merge in All-Stars and was a complete shell of himself in Heroes vs Villains, despite placing fifth.
He only made it that far in Heroes vs Villains because of how weak he was at challenges (he was Superman in a fat suit, according to James). Had he made it to the end, however, he definitely would have won because the jury was made up entirely of Heroes.
Colby didn’t seem to care about strategy at all in his third and final season, so even though he was the show’s second runner-up ever, I can’t place him any higher than here.
Ranking Three-Time Survivor Players – Number 9: Coach Wade
Love him or hate him, Coach Wade is a top ten three-time returnee. He made it to the jury twice and made it to the final tribal council once, proving he was able to play the game decently.
Coach placed fifth in Tocantins, but honestly could have made it further if he hadn’t fallen for J.T.’s southern charm. Coach’s Timbira alliance crumbled despite having a 6-3 lead when the jury phase of the game started up.
In Heroes vs Villains, Coach was the victim of Russell’s paranoia and was voted out on Day 21, serving as the first member of the jury.
South Pacific was Coach’s third season and he returned as a captain. He and his Upolu tribe took things over at the merge and Coach led the charge. The reason he’s this high is because he did play a decent game in South Pacific, but he wasn’t able to own up to it at the final tribal council.
Meanwhile, Sophie eviscerated Coach in front of the jury, calling him a little girl, and owning up to her actions and how she played a hand in every single one of them being voted out. Coach’s poor tribal council performance cost him a million dollars and the chance to be higher on this list.
Somehow I think one of those things probably haunts him more than the other.