Jerry Sims


Jerry Sims



Jerry Sims promises, "you've never seen anybody like me before." Growing up in a poor family, he was one of 10 children who had to learn, very early on, the skills to help him survive in the real world. Jerry has been passing on those survival skills learned from his childhood to soldiers in the Army National Guard for the last 20 years.

A 1st Sergeant and specialist in Nuclear Operations, Sims just recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. No stranger to being in a leadership position, Sims was in charge of 100 men and not only knew how to manage them, but also earned their respect. "With this big smile and this convincing attitude, I get them to do exactly what I want them to do!"

He's always been a strong proponent of the team concept, a skill that came in handy growing up in such a large household, especially around dinner time "where you had to be on time!" Jerry is also a family man, who's been married for 25 years and has both an adult son and daughter. He has no qualms about saying he's doing this for the money. "The million is in my grasp! I've got to have it. I'm a competitor. I like to win. I like to win, win, win!"

Raised on a chicken farm in South Carolina, Jerry also knows how to live off the land and involve everyone in the daily chores. This self-proclaimed jokester says he will give his fellow castaways some much need entertainment, but nobody should misinterpret his cheery personality for weakness because Jerry proudly proclaims, "I am physically fit, I am mentally strong and I'm ready for the million."

Jerry currently resides in Rock Hill, SC. His birth date is May 18.

Jeff Probst:  Jerry is a loveable man. There's so much more to Jerry though than a big smile. I mean this guy has been in Afghanistan...he's led troops. And he's explained to me before his philosophy and it's not about: 'who are my leaders''s about 'who needs my help'. That kind of leadership is really mature. Whether people recognize it or not, it could serve him really well.

I'm 49 years old. I work at a Nuclear Power plant...working there for 30 years. And I'm also a member of the South Carolina Army national Guard. I been doing that for 26 years. So I don't mind work. I don't mind work at all. I have 10 brothers and sisters. So it was all in the same household. So when it came time to eat meals I mean you'd better be on time because food goes pretty quick.

Personality-wise I'm laid back, easy going...try to figure out any kind of problem and try to fix anything. If you put something in front of me I'm gonna try my best to...I gonna try my best to fix it. I'm a 'Mr. Fix-it' man.

And when they find out I'm 49 years old...they gonna say: 'whoa wait a minute'...'what is he using'...'what is he drinking'. 'Cause I...the military requires us to stay in fairly decent shape. 'Cause once a year they give us a physical fitness test and every soldier gotta practice things. If you don't you won't get promoted, you stay at the same rank that you are. It's a big incentive for you to stay in shape. And not only that if we get the call to go overseas or anything, you want to be in pretty good shape.

I bring not only my charming personality [laughs], but I'm talking about my military background that's gonna help me out in this show a lot. I mean I better use some of this stuff that I've learned. Not try to be the leader though...I wanna lay back and be low key. But just me to win this game. That's my ultimate goal. I was made for this show. This show...I am a different individual...I am different from anybody that you've ever seen. When you see me out there in the field you will see why. 'Cause I am calm, I am laid back and I know how to get inside of people's head. I gotta go into this as a game. I'm gonna have to drop everything at the beliefs and everything. 'Cause I gonna have to tell some stories that I really don't want to tell. And manipulate people the way I really normally wouldn't manipulate people. So I'm gonna have to leave all my morals at the door and bring in a whole different set of rules to win this game. I was born for this occasion [laughs]. That's why I'm here today. It's not a coincidence that I am here today...I am here for a reason, a purpose. It's one million reasons and the one million dollars is why...I want that million dollars in my hands.


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