A Newtown Township resident is appearing on the new season of the long-running hit CBS show “Survivor.”
Brandon Cottom, 30, joins 17 other castaways on the 44th season the network TV series. The show returned last week and airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
On the show, contestants must outwit, outplay, and outlast one another while surviving on an island and avoiding being eliminated by rivals. The last contestant standing wins $1 million and the title of Sole Survivor.
Cottom, an alumnus of Council Rock High School North, was a fullback with the Seattle Seahawks from 2015 to 2017, but he was didn’t play in any regular-season contests. He then joined the Alliance of American Football. In 2019, he played for the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League.
“It’s crazy, the thought of excitement and also fear … the thought of can I do this, is this something I’m really able to do? Because I’m not who’s used to being outdoors,” Cottom told CBS News Philadelphia.
“You’re taken away from food, the outside world, you have no contact to your family or anything like that,” he added.
CBS promotional material said Cottom works as an account manager for a security firm. He said he loves to play piano, perform magic tricks, and is a pilot.
“It’s a blessing to be out there,” he said.
Cottom, the other castaways, and host Jeff Probst filmed the new season on Fiji’s stunning Mamanuca Islands.