Brad Culpepper: 5 Facts about the Survivor Winner

Brad Culpepper: 5 Facts about the Survivor Winner

Brad Culpepper: Just a man and his will to survive

May 25, 2017
What you need to know about Brad Culpepper, the runner-up of Survivor: Game Changers.

1. Brad Culpepper is a former American professional

Brad is a former American professional football player who was a defensive tackle in the National Football League for nine seasons during the 1990s and early 2000s. He was a tenth round selection in the 1992 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He retired from professional football after 9 years, in 2000. In his football career, he played in 131 games, started eighty-three of them, and recorded thirty-four quarterback sacks and one safety. In the nine years, he played for three teams:

  • Vikings: from 1992 to 1993
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers: from 1994 to 1999
  • Chicago Bears: 2000

2. Brad is from Florida, and from a family of footballers

Brad Culpepper was born on May 8, 1969, in Tallahassee, Florida, into a family of University of Florida alumni. His father, Bruce Culpepper, was a center for the Florida Gators football team, and co-captain of the Gators' 1962 Gator Bowl team. His uncle, Blair Culpepper, also played for Gators in 1957-58.

Brad attended Leon High School in Tallahassee and played football for the high school football team. Brad received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Galen Hall and coach Steve Spurrier's teams from 1988 to 1991. 

It was at the University where he met his future wife, Monica Frakes. They married in 1992 right after Brad was drafted into the NFL. They have three children, and their oldest son, Rex, is a quarterback at Syracuse. 

3. After retiring from football, Brad became a lawyer

After retiring from football, Brad became a lawyer for the Culpepper Kurland law firm in Tampa, Florida. His father, Bruce, was also a well-known attorney in Tallahassee.

4. Brad and Monica had participated in 2013 Survior also.

Brad and his wife, Monica, participated together in the 27th season of Survivor, in 2013. The season was called "Blood vs. Water" and was filmed in Palaui Island, Cagayan, Philippines, in 2013, from May through June. Brad stood in the 15th place and Monica was the season's runner-up. 

5. Brad kicked ass in 2017 Survivor but got dinged for his attitude. 

In February 2017, the cast list for the 34th season of Survivor, "Game Changers," revealed Brad to be one of the contestants. The show was filmed in Fiji, in June and July of 2016, and was aired in 2017 from March 8th to May 24th. 

Brad was praised for his challenge prowess, and he won five immunity challenges throughout the season; the only other participants who had managed to score five immunity challenges in one season in the past were: Colby Donaldson, Tom Westman, Terry Deitz, Ozzy Lusth, and Mike Holloway. However, he was criticized for his condescending behavior, specifically towards fellow tribemate Tai Trang, a gardener from San Francisco. Brad wore a Syracuse hat throughout the contest and became a New York favorite.

Brad ended up being one of three finalists along with Sarah Lacina, a police officer from Iowa, and Troy "Troyzan" Robertson, swimsuit photographer from Miami, Florida. Ultimately, Sarah Lacina was voted the winner with seven votes to Brad's three. Brad was the runner-up and Robertson, the 2nd runner-up.

The grand prize for the contest was $1 million.