Clifford Ralph "Cliff" Robinson was a contestant from Survivor: Cagayan.

A prominent and well-liked castaway on the original Aparri tribe, Cliff was targeted as a threat by the power duo of Trish Hegarty and Tony Vlachos, who allied on post-switch Solana with Jefra Bland and LJ McKanas to blindside Cliff.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

Name: Cliff Robinson (46)
Tribe Designation: Brawn Tribe
Current Residence: Buffalo, N.Y.
Occupation: Former NBA All-Star
Personal Claim to Fame: Playing 18 years in the NBA. (Played for the Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors and New Jersey Nets)
Inspiration in Life: Muhammad Ali, because of his strong belief system and what he stood for.
Hobbies: Golf, off roading/camping, and bowling.
Pet Peeves: People who chew their food with their mouth open.
3 Words to Describe You: Adventurous, funny and loyal.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? A rain coat to keep dry, soap so I can keep myself clean, and a Leatherman because it's a multi-tool.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Boston Rob, because he had a good way of getting people to trust him.
Reason for Being on Survivor: The challenge of the show being so tough, and the million dollars.
Why You Think You'll "Survive" Survivor: I know how to fish, cook, and have good athleticism.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I think I would do well in challenges. I also have a good ability to make people feel comfortable with me.[2]

Survivor

Due to his athleticism, height, strength, and past as an NBA player, Cliff was placed on the "Brawn" Aparri tribe. After the tribe elected Sarah Lacina as its leader and Trish Hegarty was singled out as the weakest member on Day 1, Cliff found himself in a decent position and a friendship formed with Woo Hwang. However, his closeness to Woo and eventually Lindsey Ogle was viewed as a threat by Sarah, prompting her to start a plan to throw the Day 11 Immunity Challenge to target Cliff. Sarah recruited Trish and Tony Vlachos in her plan, and attempted to pull Woo in as well, though the latter was unsure due to his loyalty to Cliff. Fortunately for Cliff, his basketball skills and the Luzon tribe's ineffectiveness in the challenge resulted in him single-handedly winning Aparri immunity, unknowingly saving himself from his tribemates' plan.

After the tribe switch on Day 12, Cliff was switched to the new Solana tribe along with all of his original Aparri tribemates other than Sarah, giving them a majority over original "Beauty" members Jefra Bland and LJ McKanas. With the original Aparri contingent having the majority, they targeted LJ right away. However, LJ and Trish grew close due to their similar backgrounds, and when Solana lost the next Immunity Challenge, Trish wanted to side with Jefra and LJ in targeting Cliff, leaving Tony as the swing vote. Ultimately, Tony was willing to forge a new sub-alliance and voted out Cliff in a 4-3 blindside.

Voting History

Cliff's Voting History
Episode Cliff's
Votes
Voted Against
Cliff
1 Aparri Tribe Immune
Aparri Tribe Immune
2 Aparri Tribe Immune
3 Aparri Tribe Immune
4 LJ Jefra, LJ,
Tony, Trish
Voted Out, Day 14

Post-Survivor

  • After his time filming on Survivor: Cagayan, Cliff traveled to North Korea with Dennis Rodman as part of a delegation of former NBA players who played a game of "basketball diplomacy" for the 30th birthday of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un.[3]
  • Cliff opened a marijuana business called Uncle Spiffy in 2016.[4]
  • In March 2017, Cliff was hospitalized after suffering a brain hemorrhage.[5]

Death

  • Cliff passed away on August 29, 2020 from lymphoma.[6][7]

Trivia

  • Cliff was the oldest male castaway in Cagayan.
  • Cliff is the third-tallest contestant. Standing at 6'10" (208 cm), just short of Mitchell Olson who is 7 feet (213 cm) tall and Scot Pollard who is 6'11" (210 cm).
  • Cliff is the first former NBA player to compete on Survivor. He would be followed by Scot Pollard in Kaôh Rōng.
  • Cliff is the third consecutive African-American to be eliminated on Cagayan, the first two being Brice Johnston and J'Tia Taylor.

References

Survivor: Cagayan Castaways
 Alexis
Solana
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 Brice
Solana
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 Cliff
Aparri
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 David
Luzon
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 Garrett
Luzon
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 J'Tia
Luzon
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 Jefra
Solana
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 Jeremiah
Solana
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 Kass
Luzon
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 LJ
Solana
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 Lindsey
Aparri
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 Morgan
Solana
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 Sarah
Aparri
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 Spencer
Luzon
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 Tasha
Luzon
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 Tony
Aparri
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 Trish
Aparri
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 Woo
Aparri
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