Survivor One World: Monica Culpepper - Stimpy's Take, Interview, Bio And More
By Reality TV Calendar Senior Staff Writer Stimpy
January 26, 2012
Okay, first off: being the wife of ex-NFLer Brad Culpepper is not a profession.
Now that that’s outta the way, let me say that I am impressed by Monica’s resume.
But it just seems like she identifies herself as being the ‘wife of Brad Culpepper’, and not ‘Monica the kick-ass chick who happens to be married to Brad Culpepper’.
Y’see where I’m going here?
It’s not a bad thing per se, but it’s just something that doesn’t seem to sit quite right.
Now, will that factor into things out there?
Oh hell yeah it could.
First off, it’s never wise to dismiss it, but some yahoos out there tend to approach the game with a sense of ‘need’ over the actual game.
So, when/if people find out that Monica is married to an ex-NFLer, they may conclude that she doesn’t need the money.
Although, it didn’t seem to hurt Taj too much during Tocantins , and that was even after husband – Eddie freaking George – showed up for the loved ones visit.
Still, it’s something to consider.
The other way it can be a factor is how it drives Monica herself.
All through her bio you can read how she ‘gave up’ and ‘sacrificed’ this or that for the betterment of her husband.
Point is, Monica wants this for herself.
So, that’s a plus.
However, there are problems here.
One, Monica is older. Yeah, a whopping forty-one years old.
But, in the grand scheme of things in this game, which tends to be littered with twentysomethings, a forty-one year practically has one foot in the grave.
Anyhoo, Monica’s in shape, so perhaps that won’t be as much of an issue if she can pull her weight at camp and in challenges.
If she can’t, trust me folks, her age will be a factor to those out there.
Another problem is that Monica likens herself to Tina from Australia .
Yeah, I realize that likening yourself to a previous winner shouldn’t be a bad thing, but Australia was such an abortion of a season, that I take it with a grain of salt.
Yeah, Tina had the social game to end all social games, but even she admitted she got pretty lucky out there.
Hell, if Colby hadn’t been such a fucking dunderhead, Tina never would have seen the finals.
So, while I get Monica’s likening of herself to a previous competitor who was forty, and a wife and mother, there’s nuthin’ more to take from it than that.
Like I said, I haven’t gotten to the guys yet, but I doubt that there’ll be anyone as stupid as Colby over there to basically hand Monica the win at the end.
Plus, she’s another who says she dislikes two-faced people, and also lazy people and unappreciative people.
That’s the trifecta folks. I could have done my take on Monica first, and still would have known that she’s gonna run into that kinda behavior out there.
Her key will be to not let that affect her, or her decisions out there.
She does have the age, and one would think the wisdom and experience to know when the hell to keep her mouth shut, but this game can kinda fuck a person up, so ya never know.
Like I said, she’s driven. But it’s not a drive to win the game necessarily, as much as it a drive to ‘step out on her own’ and do her own thing.
Admirable, but I dunno if that can get her the win.
Toss in her age, and her being married to someone who’s made bagloads of loot, and there are things working against Monica from the get-go.
And, it may be too much for her to overcome.
I’d like to see her do well, just so we can dispense with this myth that anyone over the age of forty is too old to succeed in this game, but since the myth is still alive, and since it really pertains to older women, it’s hard to get one’s hopes up too much.
Like Tina, I think Monica will need some luck to get far.
I’m not saying she can’t do it, per-se, just that I don’t see the goal of winning as being high on her list of priorities.
Doing her own thing, and being Monica, rather than ‘Mrs. Culpepper’ seems to be what she’s aiming for.
I don’t think it bodes well for her, but we shall see.
In an interesting aside though, if the Culpepper she was married to had be Daunte and not Brad, I’d have probably spent five paragraphs just ripping away on her, ‘cause I hated that moron. Brad Culpepper was a good player though.
Anyhoo, that’s just me rambling. Let’s move on.
Got thoughts? Post them at the end.
CBS Bio: Name (Age): Monica Culpepper (41) Tribe Designation: Salani Current Residence: Tampa, Fla. Occupation: Ex-NFL Player’s Wife Personal Claim to Fame: Homecoming Queen at University of Florida in 1991, University of Florida Outstanding Female Leader Graduate in 1991, Graduated with Honors from University of Minnesota Physical Therapy School, Wife of University of Florida and nine year NFL Defensive Tackle, Brad Culpepper, and mother of three straight "A" students. Inspiration in Life: My husband without a doubt! He is the hardest working person I know. Hewas not only an All-American Football player at University of Florida, an Academic All-American, a Southeastern Conference Hall of Famer, and Vice President of the UF student body, but also finished with a Masters degree. He won the prestigious Campbell Award, making him the number one scholar athlete in the nation. Then he went on to the NFL where he played for nine seasons with the Vikings, Buccaneers, and Bears. He was All-Madden and the NFL’s Unsung Hero Award winner. While playing in the NFL, he earned his law degree in the "off- seasons." Now, he has his own law firm and truly is a role model and a coach to me and many kids in our community. Best part is… I helped build him! Hobbies: Kickboxing, hiking, skeet shooting, riding four wheelers, snowboarding, wakeboarding, running, reading and volunteering in my community. Pet Peeves: People who are two-faced, unappreciative and lazy. Also, messy cars! 3 Words to Describe You: Loyal, tenacious and gritty. SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I can relate to Tina Wesson, the first female winner in 2001, because she was 40, had a career in the medical field and was happily married. Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I gave up my medical school and career dreams when I met my husband in college and have devoted the rest of my time to my family as a mother and a supportive spouse. It is my time to “step out” and see what grit I am made of…I’m ready to show I’m a Survivor! Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I am enthusiastic, pleasant to be around and a great motivator. I’m like a chameleon; I can get along with all kinds of people. Being great at multi-tasking, I am able to process and calculate clearly under stress. Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I’m never afraid to go out on a limb when it comes to getting something I want.
Stimpy is a huge fan of Survivor and enjoys dissecting each episode. When not watching Survivor or sports on TV, he fills his time by skydiving, rockclimbing, golfing, and rollerblading, as well as sitting on the beach drinking beer in British Columbia, Canada. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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