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.
Name: Brendan Shapiro
Hometown: 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.