Rick found himself in a comfortable position on the original Manu tribe by aligning with returning player David Wright and associating with the majority. Following a Tribe Switch, however, with the alliance's common target now on a separate tribe, he was voted out for being seen as untrustworthy and chose to go to the Edge of Extinction. At the merge he won the re-entry duel, after which he largely became a social pariah within his tribe. Despite eventually becoming a target for being a major threat to win, he escaped elimination several times through four Immunity Challenge wins and the use of several Hidden Immunity Idols, allowing him to make it to the final four. On Day 38, however, he lost the fire-making tiebreaker challenge to his former ally Chris Underwood, causing him to fall short of the Final Tribal Council.
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Hometown: Blacksburg, Virginia
Current residence: Macon, Georgia
Occupation: Morning News Anchor
Hobbies: Basketball, hiking/playing with the kids and dogs, and video games.
Pet peeves: Not taking ownership of actions, over explainers, waiting in line, and people not using coasters.
Three words to describe you: Funny, compassionate, and loyal.
What is your personal claim to fame? My kids, BUT one time there was a cat stuck high (very high) up in a tree for days and may have died but I did a news story and contacted folks and got him rescued, so I have that going for me.
Who or what is your inspiration in life? My father. He's totally focused and dedicated. A West Point grad and Airborne Army Ranger. He can do anything. Also, shout outs to Stephen Colbert and Stephen King who are brilliant and funny.
If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why?
The Stand by Stephen King. A great book and long so it'll entertain me for a while.
A LEGO figure. My son always asks me to keep his LEGO men safe.
A picture of my family, dogs, and cats included.
Which Survivor contestant are you the most like? Cochran. He's a strategist. He was also a genuinely nice guy but he was there to PLAY!
What's your reason for being on Survivor? I want to win. I've been watching and dreaming of being Sole Survivor since high school. I think I can win! Also, the $1 million.
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? I'm an Eagle Scout and have all the basic survival/first aid skills. I'm a hard worker and good at alleviating tension.
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|Rick's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|4||Lauren|| Kelley, Lauren,|
|Voted Out, Day 11|
|5||On Edge of Extinction|
|Returned, Day 17|
|Eliminated, Day 38|
| Voted for|
^1 In "Awkward", Rick used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 4 votes against him.
^2 In "I See the Million Dollars", Rick used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 3 votes against him.
^3 Also in "I See the Million Dollars", Chris had the advantage of choosing one person to be in the Final Three with him. He chose to give his Immunity Necklace to Julie and save Gavin, subjecting Rick and himself to a fire-making challenge. Rick lost the challenge and was eliminated.
- Rick, along with nineteen other former Survivor contestants, competed in the first Survivor-themed mini-competition of Sequester on May 23, 2020. He was eliminated in the fifth round, finishing in 16th place.
- Rick is the only Edge of Extinction contestant to be voted out pre-merge while not on the Manu tribe.
- Rick is the first contestant to return from the Edge of Extinction.
- Rick holds the record for most Hidden Immunity Idols possessed in a single season, with four.
- Rick is the highest-placing member of Lesu.
- Rick lost 31.5 lbs. during his time on Edge of Extinction.
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