SURVIVOR: Island of the Idols

You look at Brendan Shapiro and you probably say to yourself, here’s the athletic dad type. At least, that is the Survivor stereotype he appears likely to fill when Survivor: Ghost Island premieres Feb. 28 on CBS.

But there is more to Brendan than a mere easily-affixed label. In fact, if you can spare but a minute, he will tell you himself. Now, I’m not saying Brendan Shapiro can settle all the affairs of state and nation in just one minute, but he can give you a good feel for the man, the myth, and the potential Survivor legend. So watch the video above for Brendan’s 60-Second Introduction to see how he does. And if he does terribly, just read his official bio below and that should also do the trick just fine.

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Name: Brendan Shapiro
Age: 41
Herndon, Va.
Current Residence: Herndon, Va.
Occupation: Physical Education Teacher

Personal Claim to Fame: I am not afraid to take risks and make big changes. During the recession, I left a well-paying, but unsatisfying desk job, risking everything I owned to start my own business. After more than a dozen years and at 40 years old, I sold the business to pursue another lifelong interest to become a teacher.

Inspiration in Life: My wife because she overcame bike crashes, injuries, and big obstacles to become a world-class professional triathlete (while raising two kids and running a business).

Hobbies: Coaching and watching my kids’ sports, tailgating at Redskins games, running, and chopping wood.

Pet Peeves: Passive-aggression, when people slow down to merge or change lanes, cry-babies, and waiting.

3 Words to Describe You: Deliberate, optimistic, and determined.

If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? A picture of my wife and kids to keep me tethered to reality, a football to throw on the beach, and bacon jerky because it’s delicious and doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Jeremy Collins and Tom Westman because I understand people and know how to unite them behind a common goal. Also, I am pretty athletic for an old guy.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: To win.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’m strong, fast, tough, and good with my hands. I can read a room. I know how to make people feel comfortable and secure. My tribe mates will want to keep me around.

Survivor: Ghost Island premieres Feb. 28 on CBS. For a crazy amount of coverage of the upcoming season, check out our Survivor hub and follow Dalton on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

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SURVIVOR: Island of the Idols

Strangers starve themselves on an island for our amusement in the hopes of winning a million dollars, as host Jeff Probst implores them to "DIG DEEP!"

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