James William "Jimmy" Johnson is a contestant from Survivor: Nicaragua.

A retired NFL Coach, Jimmy was the most recognizable castaway on his season. However, his leadership over the older Espada tribe was seen as a threat, leading to his early elimination.


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Name: Jimmy Johnson (67)
Tribe: Espada
Current Residence: Islamorada, Fla.
Occupation: Former NFL Coach
Personal Claim to Fame: Winning two college national championships with Arkansas (playing) and University of Miami (coaching) and winning two Super Bowl championships coaching the Dallas Cowboys.
Hobbies: Fishing, scuba diving and boating.
Pet Peeves: People being lazy or late.
3 Words to Describe You: Happy, intelligent and goal oriented.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Tom Westman, because he is trustworthy.
Reason for being on Survivor: For the adventure!
Why you think you will be the Sole Survivor: Because people can trust me, and I'm not a threat.[1]


Being the oldest among the Nicaragua castaways, Jimmy J. was placed on the Espada tribe. The rival La Flor tribe displayed their disappointment of not having the legendary NFL coach as a tribemate. Jimmy J.'s fellow male Espada tribemates, however, resented the coach's popularity.

His leadership role might not have been on the competition side, but his compassionate approach to his tribemates earned their respect. Tribemate Yve Rojas even confessed that she was still starstruck towards Jimmy J. every time they had a conversation. Though the females adored his presence, his other male tribe members became skeptic about him, most notably Marty Piombo, who did not like the fact that they had a celebrity on their tribe and did not want to do anything with him. His celebrity status became an issue for the tribe, with his male tribe mates wanting to oust him immediately, stating that no one from the jury would give him a vote at the Final Tribal Council, stipulating his wealthiness, though Jimmy J. already declared that he only wanted to compete just for the experience, but was eager to help his tribe mates to make sure that the winner would come from Espada. Additionally, Jimmy J. threw up on the first night after overworking at camp, adding more reasons to eliminate him, though he was livelier the next day. The other Espada males were put on hold when they decided to eliminate weaker tribemate Wendy DeSmidt-Kohlhoff at the first Tribal Council and then winning the second Immunity Challenge.

After Marty revealed his Hidden Immunity Idol, he used it to lure his tribemates to do whatever he wanted. When Espada lost the third Immunity Challenge, they decided to follow Marty's lead, and Jimmy J. was eliminated unanimously after an 8-1 vote.

Voting History

Jimmy J.'s Voting History
Episode Jimmy J.'s
Voted Against
Jimmy J.
1 Wendy -
2 Espada Tribe Immune
3 Dan Dan, Holly, Jane, Jill,
Jimmy T., Marty, Tyrone, Yve
Voted Out, Day 8


  • Jimmy became an analyst for Fox NFL Sunday. He currently resides in the Florida Keys.[2]
  • On January 12, 2020, Jimmy was revealed to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[3]



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