|Bobby Jon Drinkard|
May 10, 1977|
Troy, Alabama, U.S.
Bobby Jon Drinkard (born May 10, 1977) was a contestant on Survivor: Palau and Survivor: Guatemala. Bobby Jon graduated from Troy University in Troy, Alabama, in 2003 with a degree in journalism. While at Troy, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Bobby Jon is currently the host and producer of a statewide television show broadcast in Alabama called On the Job.
In Survivor: Palau, Bobby Jon was a member of the ill-fated Ulong tribe, which lost every immunity challenge. Drinkard survived seven tribal councils before losing an elimination duel with Stephenie LaGrossa in the eighth episode, and was the tenth person eliminated from the game. He was the third contestant in Survivor: Palau to be eliminated without being voted out, and the 8th person to be eliminated without being voted out since Survivor's start in 2000.
Bobby Jon and Stephenie LaGrossa were invited back as contestants on Survivor: Guatemala, thus becoming the second and third contestants in Survivor history to compete in two consecutive seasons (the first being Rupert Boneham). Drinkard was the 10th person voted off, becoming the first member of the jury, which was a point in the game he had always wanted to reach.
During this season, he and fellow competitor Jamie Newton engaged in a rivalry in their opposing tribes' challenges and during the individual immunity challenges. The two seemed to end their dispute when they were both on the jury, and are reportedly now good friends.
On January 20, 2008, Drinkard became one of the hosts of On The Job a weekly television show on Alabama Public Television. In each episode of the show, Drinkard takes on a certain job to show what it requires, which helps to give information to people looking for employment opportunities. Some of the jobs featured during the show's run have included a firefighter and a catfish farmer.