Life After “Survivor”

It’s been 10 years since retired physics teacher Bob Crowley won the CBS reality show “Survivor” and yet he still gets stopped by fans everywhere he goes.

“I don’t feel like a celebrity until someone recognizes me,” said Crowley. “I’m a regular guy from Maine who just happened to be on a show that 13 million Americans watched as though it was the last thing in the world to watch.”

Crowley spent 39 days in Gabon, a small West African country where “Survivor: Gabon — Earth’s Last Eden” was taped in 2008. There he competed against 17 other contestants in both physical and mental challenges while also enduring the heat, the bugs and sometimes hunger. It was a far cry from his home in southern Maine, but he said it was an opportunity and an experience of a lifetime.

“I’d go back in a heartbeat,” he said. “I like the competitions, the challenges and just the exotic locations the shows are in. That’s what I find most exciting.”

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