‘Survivor’: Danny McCray Revealed His Plan If Someone Recognized Him from the NFL

by Anna Dunn
Do or Die" -- Tribal Council on the 11th Episode of SURVIVOR 41. Another big twist threatens to send someone home, and castaways must formulate a plan whether to vote out the big threat or keep playing the game with people they trust, on the CBS Original series SURVIVOR, Wednesday, Dec. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. Pictured: Danny McCray. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment 2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Survivor star Danny McCray recently revealed his plan to keep his past on the NFL a secret from the other players. When you have a past or an occupation that could make you look like a physical or strategic threat, it can put a pretty big target on your back. It’s why people like McCray and others opt to keep their profession a secret.

But McCray’s past is pretty public. He didn’t actually have much of a strategy if anyone straight up recognized him. But he did have a plan for how to keep things on the down-low without lying too much. And thankfully for McCray, this plan went off without a hitch.

“I didn’t have a plan,” he admitted in a recent TV Line interview. “If they recognized me, I was going to have to own it.”

Thankfully, his fellow Survivor contestants were unaware of his occupation.

“I did have a plan for how to keep it secret without lying too much. It worked out pretty well. Nobody knew that entire time!” he admitted. He even had an elaborate story about his occupation coaching, which would help ease any suspicions.

“I told them I actually walked on. Anybody that knows sports knows that if you walk on, it’s difficult to make it to the NFL. I had a story for why I ended up coaching, which was that I was coaching to let people know that everybody doesn’t make it to the league, but you are valuable in some other aspect of your life,” he said.

Some of the best lies on Survivor have a bit of truth peppered in. This one did, and it really served McCray well. It doesn’t even seem like people had many suspicions.

There was One Part of ‘Survivor’ McCray Really Didn’t Like

McCray was thrilled when he got the opportunity to play Survivor, but he took serious issue with one of the twists. Right as the group was merging, the castaways were split into two groups. Those groups competed for immunity. Danny’s group won, but then another twist resulted in their immunity getting taken away and given to the group that initially lost.

McCray was NOT happy about this and had a pretty tense conversation with Jeff Probst about the twist. In interviews, he’s said that he wouldn’t play Survivor again because of twists like that one, and it really seems to have soured the whole experience.

Many fans are also fed up with twists like these and wish Survivor would just be Survivor without so many gimmicks.

Still, this season has plenty of interesting remaining contestants, so if you want to see how it all unfolds, tune on Wednesday at 8/7 central on CBS.