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Brendan Shapiro

Age: 41
Hometown: Herndon, Virginia
Current residence: Herndon, Virginia
Occupation: Physical Education Teacher

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.

Three words to describe you: Deliberate, optimistic, and determined.

What's your 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.

Who or what is your 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).

If you could have three 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.

Which Survivor contestant are you 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.

What's your reason for being on Survivor?
To win.

Why do 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 tribemates will want to keep me around.