The Dallas Cowboys are less than two weeks away from kicking off the 2021 regular season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But September 9 won’t be the only date Team USA fans will have to look forward to next month.
Danny McCray, a former Cowboys free safety who has played mostly on special teams, will appear on the 41st season of the CBS reality show “Survivor” this fall. The first episode of the show will air at the end of September.
McCray, 33, was confirmed as a nominee on Monday and lists his occupation as “former NFL player.” He will now try to use what he learned in professional football and be the latest contestant to appear on the reality TV show. If he does, he’ll win $1 million and the title of Sole Survivor.
McCray began his NFL career with the Cowboys in 2010 as an undrafted free agent from LSU. He played 30 games with Dallas in his first two years and led the team in special teams tackles in each of those seasons.
In 2012, McCray’s role increased as he was named team captain. He also started 10 games safe for the Cowboys that season and had 71 tackles and one interception.
McCray continued his NFL career after leaving Dallas after the 2013 season. He then played for the Chicago Bears in 2014 before returning to the Cowboys for a second stint in 2015.
Since retiring from professional football, McCray earned an MBA from Indiana University and now works as a youth camp manager for the Cowboys, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Fans can watch McCray on “Survivor” when the show’s 41st season premieres Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.