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Jimmy Johnson Signs on With 'Survivor'

Jul 21, 2010 – 12:25 PM
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Jimmy JohnsonFormer NFL coach turned broadcaster Jimmy Johnson is a potential contestant on the next season of the television show "Survivor."

The Dallas Morning News reported that Johnson, who formerly coached the Cowboys and the Dolphins before heading to FOX as an analyst, will be a contestant on the long-running "Survivor," as the show is being taped in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.

Johnson, 67, reportedly tried out for the show, said to be one of his favorites, two years ago when it was staged in Gabon, but he supposedly failed the physical. Johnson, who would be one of the oldest contestants ever on the show, would supposedly be finished in time to appear on "Fox NFL Sunday" in the fall.

Meanwhile, a caretaker at Johnson's Florida Keys home was arrested Tuesday following a 5 1/2-hour standoff with local police officers.

Monroe County (Fla.) police charged Robert Twist, Jr., 58, with aggravated assault with a firearm for pointing a gun at two sheriff's deputies, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Police said they responded to a call that a man was considering suicide in a caretaker's cottage in a wooded area on the grounds of Johnson's oceanfront home near Miami. When police arrived, there was no answer and as they entered the cottage, they discovered Twist.

Police said Twist, who lives in the cottage, was inside and pointed a gun at the officers, one of whom tried unsuccessfully to disable the man with a Taser. Another officer fired a shot that missed Twist, who barricaded himself in another part of the cottage while the officers backed away.

The Post reported that Twist repeatedly yelled "Shoot me," and "Kill me," as hostage negotiators and a SWAT team arrived on the scene. Eventually, negotiators were able to talk Twist out by late afternoon. No injuries were reported and there was no word on whether Johnson was on the premises, the newspaper reported.
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