Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and local attorney Brad Culpepper has been named among the contestants on the latest edition of CBS' reality show Survivor, competing alongside his wife, Monica Culpepper.
This fall's cycle of Survivor, subtitled, "Blood vs. Water," features contestants with past connections to the show competing with relatives or romantic partners. During the show, they will have to decide whether to support or betray the people who are closest to them.
Monica Culpepper appeared on Survivor: One World in 2012, and was voted out of the show before proceeding very far into the game. Back then, she said producers were initially interested in her husband; now both are competing in an edition of the show that was filmed earlier this year.
In a news release Wednesday, CBS said 20 castaways will compete against each other when the series returns with a special 90-minute premiere Sept. 18.
"Will the returnees use their prior experience in the game to help their partners or will they leave their relatives alone to fend for themselves?" the network said.
This edition will feature the return of Redemption Island, where castaways who have been eliminated from the game can seek redemption and return for a chance to win the million dollar prize. The twist this season, however, is loved ones will be forced to choose whether to "save" their partner on Redemption Island and switch places with them, thus allowing their loved one to immediately re-enter the game, or leave them in exile to survive on their own.
The Culpeppers have been married for two decades and have three kids ages 11 to 15. They met at the University of Florida, where Monica was the homecoming queen and Brad was one of the Gators' star football players.
Brad Culpepper went on to play for the Vikings, Bucs and Bears. His law firm Culpepper Kurland is best known for its hip, edgy advertising for its personal injury practice. In 2012, Culpepper was named as the lead plaintiff in a concussion lawsuit with 25 other players against the NFL.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne contributed to this report.