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Jerry Sims
« on: January 13, 2009, 12:13:42 PM »
Age: 49
U.S. Army Sargeant
Rock Hill, SC
Tribe: Timbira
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.

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Re: Jerry Sims
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2009, 11:36:05 AM »
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Re: Jerry Sims
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2009, 09:46:20 PM »
He seems fun, but seems abit cocky too.

Not a favourite for me, as of now.
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Re: Jerry Sims
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2009, 11:20:59 AM »
“I Would Have Done the Same Thing” – RealityNewsOnline’s Exclusive Interview with Survivor: Tocantins’ Jerry
by David Bloomberg -- 02/27/2009

Jerry was, by all appearances, a strong guy who would likely go far in the game. Unfortunately, he was brought down by a stomach bug. What happened to him? How is he now? Is he upset about how he was lied to and voted out? Read on to find out!

RealityNewsOnline: Hello, Jerry, and thanks for taking the time to talk to RealityNewsOnline! Starting at the beginning, what was your strategy coming into the game?

Jerry: Coming into the game, I wanted to keep a low profile, lay low, and try to win people over. And just not try to cause any controversy, just be in the background not out front with yelling and screaming and boisterous opinions.

RNO: So, not like Candace or Coach, then?

Jerry: I could have done those things and I can speak up when I need to, but by them doing what they were doing, they kept the spotlight off of me, so more power to them – let them hang themselves.

RNO: When you weren’t feeling well, we saw you ask Tyson if anybody had talked about voting you out, and Tyson said no. Did you believe him and think you would be safe?

Jerry: I really didn’t believe anybody. I listened to them and heard what they said, but all this time in my mind, I hadn’t been feeling well for several days. When Sierra wasn’t feeling well, we were going to get rid of her as the weakest link. I hadn’t been feeling well so I knew I may be the one going tonight – which I was.

RNO: From what we saw, you seemed to have something of an alliance with Tyson before that point – is that correct?

Jerry: Oh yeah. I like Tyson. Basically, the men on the tribe kind of had an agreement that we would stick together through thick and thin. All the men were four of us, four women, so if we could start weeding the women out, we’ll make it to the end – that was pretty much our strategy.

RNO: You said “through thick and thin” – but when “thin” came, they voted you out. Were you upset?

Jerry: Not really, because I wasn’t 100%. At one point I wasn’t even 50%. The choice they made under the circumstances, I don’t fault them. I would have done the same thing if the shoe was on the other foot and it was one of them. I have no hard feelings against what they did.

RNO: After you were voted off, did you see a doctor?

Jerry: Yes, I sure did. The doctor gave me some type of stomach medication and in a couple days I was back to getting over whatever virus I had going on in my stomach.

RNO: So it was a virus?

Jerry: Yeah. I couldn’t get rid of it while I was in the game. I tried several different things but nothing worked. They made a little potion for me with tea leaves and that didn’t help either.

RNO: But you’re okay now?

Jerry: Oh yeah. I’ve seen my doctor and he checked me out and said go back to work, you’re okay.

RNO: What is “back to work” for you these days?

Jerry: I work as a nuclear equipment operator at a nuclear power plant. I’ve been there for 30 years.

RNO: Wow. So instead of needing a fire at night, you could have just glowed for the tribe.

Jerry: (Laughing) Exactly!

RNO: What was the most eye-opening thing you saw on TV that you didn’t know about while you were there?

Jerry: There was when Brendan and Taj went to Exile Isalnd, they made a pact with each other. That wasn’t what he told us. Also when he found the idol, that was an eye-opener. At the very beginning, when Sierra and Sandy made it to each camp, they had a clue for the idol and I had no idea about that either. There was a lot of undercover conspiracies going on. I guess you expect that in the game like that.

I trusted no one – I listened to everybody, but as far as trusting anyone, I trusted no one.

RNO: What do you think about Coach?

Jerry: Coach and Candace are pretty much the same as far as their beliefs, values, and leadership values. That’s why they didn’t bond, because they were too similar. When you got two similarities like that, somebody’s going to get their feelings hurt. But as far as Coach and me, we had a pretty good bond. He never did raise any boisterous opinions or suggestions to me. We’re cool.

RNO: What about Erinn?

Jerry: I thought she was probably the weakest woman on our tribe. When we voted Candace off, I really didn’t want to vote her off, because as far as physical strength, she was stronger, but Erinn had more social skills. Erinn was real sneaky. She was like the wind – if a lot of people were saying this, she would go that way, instead of sticking to one opinion. If we’d have merged with the other tribe, she could have been persuaded easily to join the other group.

RNO: Do you have anything else you’d like to tell us about your time on Survivor?

Jerry: It was an experience of a lifetime for me. Some people come up to me and say, “Would you do that again?” I say, “Whoa, probably not.” That was tough! Especially when you’re not feeling your best, it was a tough situation to be in. I enjoyed it and have no regrets about the outcome of it. I would recommend anybody who has a chance to do it, at least do it once.

RNO: Thanks again, Jerry!

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Re: Jerry Sims
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2009, 02:34:49 PM »
Survivor’s Jerry: ‘I Begged for a Bottle of Pepto’

On last week’s episode of Survivor: Tocantins, Jerry Sims, 49, joined a long list of promising players whose time in the game was cut short due to illness. The Rock Hill, S.C., Army National Guard sergeant and nuclear power plant worker talked to about bad beans, the controversial Coach and why being on the show was harder than being stationed in Afghanistan. — Carrie Bell

Why did you want to be on Survivor?
There were two reasons. The first was the million dollars. And No. 2, it was another challenge in my life, something completely different than anything I had done before. I wanted to see if I could endure it until the end. Unfortunately, my stomach got in my way.

Did you realize you broke one of the cardinal rules of Survivor when you ate the beans instead of the rice?
Bad beans have felled many a strong player. You’re starving so you eat whatever is available. One day we ate beans without cooking them. We didn’t have any fire, but we were hungry so we set them in the sun all day thinking that would cook them. I only nibbled that day but I think it was enough.

How long did it take after being eliminated to get back to normal?
It took about two days for me to start feeling better and several days after that I got back to my old self. They gave me some medication after I was eliminated. The doctor used some big words to describe what was wrong with me like gastrointestinal distress. I begged for a bottle of Pepto but they wouldn’t give it to me. When I came home, I went to my doctor to make sure there was no bug inside of me or anything. I got a clean bill of health and none of my limbs have fallen yet so I think I am out of the woods.

In your exit speech you said this was by far the hardest situation you had been in — that’s saying a lot since you are in the Army and did a tour of duty recently in Afghanistan.
In Afghanistan, they provide you with everything you need to survive in the environment that you’re in. You have food and appropriate clothing and shelter. In Survivor, they give you a machete, a bag of beans and a bag of rice for 39 days and see what you are made of. That is a big difference.

You are a leader in your daily life and yet you seemed to hold back on your tribe. It seemed like you didn’t even tell people about your job or skills.
That was my plan. I could have gone in hard charging, voiced my opinion and directed people. They may not have wanted to do what I said but they would have listened. But they also would have been rubbed the wrong way or been threatened. I figured in order for me to survive in the game, I’ve got to lay low and stay in the background and when the tribe gets smaller, I will start voicing my opinion more and more and show how strong I am.

Were you surprised that you were voted off?
No, because my stomach had gotten so bad that I couldn’t hide the pain anymore and they had no idea if I was going to get better or not so you have to vote to keep the tribe as strong as possible. I was not going to quit though. I am not a quitter so the only way I was gonna go was if they voted me off.

One person that was thrilled you got sick was Erinn because it bought her at least three more days.
Erinn was definitely on the chopping block and she lucked out. But she better watch out because the eyes are back on her and she is still on the outs.

If you only consider first impressions, who did you think would be the sole survivor? Did that change after nine days of play?
My first impression was that Coach would be the person to beat. When we first got there, he seemed strong and smart and he told all these stories about adventures he’d gone on and challenges he’d been through. After some of the challenges and seeing his work around camp, my opinion [changed] of him. He wasn’t as tough as I thought he was and he started to irritate some people. Now my pick would be Tyson. He wasn’t the strongest person on the tribe but he had the most endurance. And he got along with people.

Candace had a lot of choice things to say about Coach. Give us your take on him.
He never rubbed me the wrong way. We would sit down and have normal conversations but I think he was different towards the women. He was condescending to them. He wanted to get rid of Candace, Sierra and Erin quick. If he makes it to the merge, I don’t think the other team will respond to his personality, but he is very deceptive. When he is around camp, a majority of the time he wasn’t like that. He was usually very quiet until he was by himself or with only one of two other individuals. That’s when he expressed his true colors. In a group, he is a different person.

What has the response been since you returned from Brazil?
It is like I am a movie star. Everybody wants an autograph or a handshake. They want a photograph. I am enjoying it. It has been a fun ride.
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Re: Jerry Sims
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2009, 03:49:36 PM »
Exclusive: Jerry Sims talks about his time on 'Survivor: Tocantins'

To say Jerry Sims' stomach was bothering him during his time on Survivor: Tocantins would be something of an understatement.

After nine days in the Brazilian highlands, Jerry couldn't hide that he was in pain from a lingering stomach bug that he couldn't kick from his tribemates any more, causing the 49-year-old U.S. Army sergeant from Rock Hill, SC to be voted out of the CBS reality show.

On Friday, Jerry spoke to Reality TV World about what how long (and how serious) the stomach ailment that resulted in his elimination really was, why he felt that Brendan Synnott would be a better for the Timbira tribe than Benjamin "Coach" Wade, and how he supported his claim that his time on Survivor was harder than the time he spent overseas in Afghanistan.

Reality TV World: Were you surprised to be voted off?

Jerry: Uh, not really. Not really, I mean under my condition I kinda felt like it was gonna get me [eliminated].
Reality TV World: So does that mean you really hadn't believed [Tyson Apostol's] claim that no one had been talking about voting you off?

Jerry: No. I mean, I heard what he said but really I didn't because we had plotted the same way against [Sierra Reed] when she was sick and we didn't know it. But we were gonna vote her off with no problem. So I kinda figured that I would be the one under the radar that night.
Reality TV World: Besides the conversation with Tyson [and the situation with Sierra], was there anything else in particular that kind of tipped you off?

Jerry: Not really. I don't know, I don't think so. I mean everybody else acted normal as soon as they came back around the camp. And I was hanging around the camp a lot when the guys disappeared.

Reality TV World: Last night's episode didn't show any of the show's medics ever coming to visit you or anything like that. Could you go into some more detail about exactly what was wrong with you?

Jerry: I had a stomach bug, a stomach virus or something. It lasted from around Day 4 'til Day 9 and I couldn't shake it. I mean, I couldn't eat much, I couldn't eat at all there at the end [other than] a little water here and there, so it was taking a toll on me.

Reality TV World: Did the medics ever come to visit you?

Jerry: Yeah, pretty much after every challenge they'd show up and ask how I was doing. I would tell them that I wasn't feeling good, but they were limited as to what they could do for you. They could just talk to you and look at you and say okay.
Reality TV World: Had you been given any reason to believe, or had you felt the problem would suddenly resolve itself in the next few days if you'd managed to survive that Tribal Council?

Jerry: Maybe, But like I said I had been that way for like six days and I hadn't shaken it by then so I don't know. It coulda happened, it coulda not happened, but I'm not sure.

Reality TV World: How long did it take to clear up once you were out of the game?

Jerry: About two days [later] I started feeling better and several days after that I kinda got back to my old self.

Reality TV World: You had said [on the show] that you [thought] the beans were causing your problems?

Jerry: It coulda been the beans, I'm not one-hundred-percent sure. But I was eating and drinking the same stuff that everybody else was, and [nobody] else got sick except for me, so I don't know how or what went wrong.
Reality TV World: Prior to Tribal Council you seemed to be making attempts to say you were feeling better to your tribemates. Were you actually feeling any better or were you just trying to put on a good face...

Jerry: (Interrupting) I was putting on a good face for about six days! (Laughs) I mean, I was up [and] walking around, chopping wood and everything. I was trying to put on a good face but man I was still in rough [shape].

Reality TV World: At Tribal Council, you singled out [Brendan Synnott] as the best person in the tribe to be a leader instead of [Benjamin "Coach" Wade].  Can you talk a little bit about why you felt that way?

Jerry: Well Brendan, he reminded me more of myself. He's a laid back type of... he has a laid back type of mentality. He doesn't get excited when things go wrong, he doesn't yell, he doesn't go off the handle. And I figured with his character traits and characteristics he would make a better leader than Coach because I've seen Coach go off on one female in the tribe and I figure a good leader shouldn't have to beat up on a person just because something don't go right.

Reality TV World: And I'm not sure if that's [who you're talking about], but when we interviewed [Candace Smith] last week she had some extremely strong feelings about Coach. But actually before that, could you tell me what your own impression about him was overall?

Jerry: Oh well, overall what I'm seeing on TV and the way he was around me was totally different. I mean. around me he was more like a brother. Me and him talked, and we talked sensible about things and how we wanted things to happen and go and there was no yelling, no manipulation, no nothing. So he put on a good act for me, and I guess only in the [confessional] interviews they're doing with him is the real Coach coming out.
Reality TV World: Going back to Candace. Candace had said that Coach acted inappropriately with some of the girls on the tribe, did you see anything he did that seemed inappropriate?

Jerry: I didn't, I didn't at all. I mean, I didn't see anything inappropriate, except for the other night when Candace got voted off I think he tried to kiss her or something? Other than that I didn't see Coach try anything with any of the females on there.

Reality TV World: [Coach] didn't seem to react very well to your Tribal Council suggestion that he wasn't the best leader for the tribe and a lot of the rest of the tribe seemed to smile and snicker as he tried to state his case as to why he should be the leader...

Jerry: (Laughs) Well see, I didn't see his face either when I said what I said until last night when I watched it. But I was just speaking from the heart and what I believe, and I mean Coach is a good guy but I wouldn't put him out front. (Laughs) He's definitely a follower.

Reality TV World: Does that fact that they were kind of laughing at him a little there, do you think that means that you guys had started to "see through" some of his stuff by Day 9?

Jerry: Oh yeah, without a doubt, without a doubt. Because what I'm thinking in my mind is that a guy who's done as many adventures as Coach has done, and I never saw him start a fire. And on the truck [at the beginning] he wasn't the strongest guy that was carrying most of the load. So I'm thinking in my mind "This guy's putting on a good front. He's pretending to be this macho hero when really he's not."

Reality TV World: Coach seemed to interpret some of the things you said at Tribal Council to mean that Brendan had already been leading your tribe through those last few challenges, but based what was shown on TV, it's looked like Coach was the one that had actually been leading. Who do you believe had been leading your tribe up until that Tribal Council?

Jerry: Well we really didn't have a leader [per say]. Every time we showed up at challenges, either the Reward Challenges or the [Immunity] Challenges, Brendan would always step forth and say "Hey, I looked at it and we oughta do it this way, this way and this way," and that's pretty much the way we did pretty much all of them. So he was pretty much out front then, but without being out front, you know what I mean?
Reality TV World: Why did you go along with Coach's plan to vote Candace off instead of Sierra? When we talked with Candace last week she said your vote for her had been the biggest surprise to her.

Jerry: Well the tribe, they came to me and the majority had already decided that she was gone. So I figured if I didn't vote her way... everyone else was gonna vote her way and if I didn't vote her way than that would put me under the spotlight.

Reality TV World: I know you said that you felt Brendan should be the leader, but did you have any idea that he was looking for a hidden Immunity Idol based on clues he was getting at Island?

Jerry: I had no idea whatsoever. None. I mean [the first time he came back from Exile Island] he said [Tamara "Taj" Johnson-George] got the clue, and that gave me a little doubt to if he was telling the whole truth. I mean that's part of the game, you've got to deceive, but I had no idea that he found it! (Laughs) Which is good on my part. I didn't have a clue.

Reality TV World: We saw that [Spencer Duhm] had no idea either, but did anyone on Timbira get a little suspicious when Brendan chose Taj to come back to Exile with him a second time?

Jerry: Well his philosophy for doing that was he wanted to take the same person every time to narrow the field down as to who would find the Immunity Idol. That way everyone would know that this person had been [there] all these times the odds of them having the idol, there's a good chance that it's this one person instead of several people. That was his rationality to us. That's why he said if he goes he's gonna take her because that's a good idea.

Reality TV World: What was your reaction after the challenge when Coach suggested that you guys not go off and start badmouthing each other?  Just because given what had happened with Candace just a few days earlier, it seemed like he wasn't likely to follow his own advice.

Jerry: Well after that challenge I think we were all pointing fingers at [Debra "Debbie" Beebe] because she wasn't yelling loud enough for us to hear [unintelligible], that's why he said what he said. He had built that bond with Debbie, it was like us four guys and Debbie for the alliance.

Reality TV World: Could you talk a little bit about the Immunity Challenge? You seemed to place a lot of the blame for the loss on yourself when it seemed like the tribe's decision not to follow [Erinn Lobdell's suggestion] was the problem.

Jerry: Well I mean, I gave one-hundred-percent despite my capabilities, I kinda put the blame on myself a little bit because I coulda done a little better as far as pushing blocks and kinda help Erinn out because she did have an idea where all the blocks went, but nobody was really listening to her.
Reality TV World: Yeah that was my next question, why did no one really listen to her?

Jerry: Well I mean she pretty much, she was on the outs with the tribe basically. Yeah, because I think when she was... I don't know... She wasn't very trustworthy. I'll put it that way.

Reality TV World: Oh, okay. Can you clarify that a little bit?

Jerry: Yeah I mean... Yeah I mean she... as far as having an alliance with anybody, she would be an alliance with you as long as it was in her favor, but if you weren't in her favor she'd jump ship and ally with anybody else just as quickly, in my opinion.

Reality TV World: I just want to clarify something that you said on in your Final Words -- Do you really think that competing on Survivor was tougher than what you had done serving in Afghanistan?

Jerry: Oh yeah! (Laughs) I mean, in Afghanistan people are trying to shoot you and kill you, but as far as the essentials that you need to survive, in Afghanistan I had everything that I needed. I didn't have any need for anything. But on the show you have a need for everything. You need shelter, you need food, you need water, you need supplies, you need medical attention, you need anything. In Afghanistan I had all that at my disposal. That's why I said it was tougher than Afghanistan.

Reality TV World: Is there anything that wasn't shown on the show that you wished had made it in?

Jerry: Well some of the stuff that I did around camp I wish they woulda showed. At one point I was the first one up trying to get the fire going and the fire pit. I mean I pretty much constructed a fire pit myself, several little small things like that I did. But I guess it wasn't important as far as in the public's view of selling ratings.
Reality TV World: Who would you like to see win the season? In your exit statement you seemed to be pulling for one of your tribemates.
Jerry: Oh yeah, yeah. I'd like to see either Brendan or Tyson win it all, take it all home. One of those two guys.

Reality TV World: Based on her response, Sierra seemed to really fall for the opening twist and think she was immediately being voted out of the competition -- what was your own reaction?

Jerry: Well when he said that the person voted out was not gonna make the trek, I mean I knew it was gonna be on our team but... I feel like she knew it too, but [Sandy Burgin] thought she was voted off which is why she was carrying on the way she was.

It was an eye opener, pretty much everybody on our tribe voted for the same person but one person -- I think Brendan voted for Erinn -- but everybody else had their eye on the same person.
Reality TV World: Did you believe Erinn's claims after Candace's elimination that she was only getting close to Candace to not make it obvious that she was going to vote for her?

Jerry: Uh I don't think so. I think that she was trying to build an alliance with anybody, you gotta [ally] with anybody you can at that point in time in the game, just so you won't get eliminated.

Reality TV World: How were you cast for the show?

Jerry: They contacted me. I mean, I had just come back from overseas [and] my local paper ran an article on me and the show got a copy of it. They called, and when they first called me I thought they was kidding, I said 'This can't be true,' (unintelligible), and it just went from there, I sent in my audition video and boom, I was on my way to Brazil. (Laughs)
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Re: Jerry Sims
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