From MSN.com's pre-game interview with Jeff Probst:
"Jay says: Everybody wants to walk away with a million bucks, but that can be taken away from you in an instant. They [Survivor casting] saw an adrenaline junkie. They saw someone that's going to come out here and give it their all.
Jeff says: He's going to prove to himself that he's enough of a workforce around camp. I don't think that many people would expect that, looking at him because he kind of plays that Southern good old boy. I think he knows exactly what time it is."
From his official CBS bio page:
"Personal Claim to Fame: Being a part of four different mission trips to four different countries.
Inspiration in Life: Bear Grylls – that guy is crazy! And, I just found out he is a Christian. I love his "I can go anywhere and do anything mentality."
Hobbies: Working out, indoor rock climbing and motocross.
Pet Peeves: Smacking gum, bad breath and clingy texters.
3 Words to Describe You: Active, daring and charming.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Colby or Rupert. They tried to play the game fair and honest, but they didn't have the physical ability to perform. I would choose their game play and my physicality.
Reason for Being on Survivor: To experience life in an exciting and challenging way. I want to discover who I am and see if I can really outsmart everyone.
Why You Think You'll "Survive" Survivor: I have heart. Plus, I'm very level headed. I'm going to be calm and consistent when people are breaking down.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I know that I have the will and the skill to make it to the end. I have overcome a lot in life, and who you are is how you play. I'm a winner."