Marlins' Samson to compete on 'Survivor'

New season of reality show begins in February

MIAMI – Local 10 has learned that Marlins team president David Samson is one of the contestants for the upcoming season of Survivor.

According to a source, Samson will be one of 18 contestants in the new season, which debuts next month.

CBS has announced that the latest season was filmed in the Philippines last summer, but they have not made any official announcements on the contestants.

Local 10 was unable to reach Samson for comment.  The team is in the middle of its offseason.  According to our source, it's unlikely Samson could even comment on his participation since CBS will officially announce the contestants in a few weeks.

Samson is no stranger to endurance challenges.  The Marlins president once travelled to Hawaii to compete in an Ironman competition, and he also ran a grueling 52-mile double marathon for charity.

The popular network reality show isolates contestants in the wild to brave elements and each other.   Contestants are eliminated throughout the season and eventually one is left standing as the sole survivor.

Samson won't be the first South Florida sports figure to take part in the show.  Former Miami Hurricanes and Miami Dolphins head coach Jimmy Johnson appeared on the show in 2010.