NFL Star and ‘Survivor’ Winners in Next ‘Amazing Race’ Cast

Former NFL tight end Marcus Pollard; a teen who has already won the discinction of being the youngest person to sail around the world alone, Zac Sunderland, and two winners of “Survivor” will be among the teams that compete in the 19th edition of “The Amazing Race” when it premieres Sept. 25.

Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca, who both won “Survivor” in their seasons and are dating, are the latest crossover CBS reality couple to compete in the race, which also includes a pair of Olympic snowboarders, Andy Finch and Tommy Czeschin.

The route this time begins in Southern California and moves immediately to Taipei, Taiwan. Those who survive face the rain forests of Thailand and the show’s first double elimination.

The show, which marks its 10th anniversary next month, will make first time visits to Indonesia, Malaway, Belgium and Demark amid their 20 city, four continent, nearly 40,000 trip.

Producers promise one twist this season: a penalty called the “Hazard” that will impact one team from the gate.

Full list of competitors and their background follow:

  • Engaged couple “Ernie Halvorson, 29, and Cindy Chiang, 30, of Chicago
  • Brother and sister team Justin Young, 31, a doctor, and Jennifer Young, 26, a special ed teacher, both from Stone Mountain, Ga.
  • Twin sisters Liz and Marie Canavan, 24, of Deerfield, Ill.
  • Domestic partners Bill Smith, 49, and Ron Zeitz, 44, flight attendants from Laguna Niguel, Calif.
  • Dating “Survivor” winners Ethan Zohn, 37, and Jenna Morasca, 30, of New York.
  • Grandparents Bill Alden, 63, a rancher, and Cathi Alden, 62, a college instructor, from Albany, Ore., married for 40 years.
  • Professional skateboarders and former Olympians Andy Finch, 30, of Truckee, Calif., and Tommy Czeschin, 32, of Crowley Lake, Calif.
  • Married couple Marcus Pollard, 39, retired NFL star, and Amani Pollard, 36, of Pine Mountain, Ga.
  • Vegas showgirls turned cocktail waitresses Kaylani Paliotta, 33, and Lisa Tilley, 32.
  • Father/son adventurers Laurence Sunderland, 48 and Zac Sunderland, 19, of Thousand Oaks, Calif.
  • Dating couple Jeremy Cline, 35, a real estate broker from Alamo, Calif, and Sandy Draghi, 33, a nurse practitioner from Dublin, Calif.

Phil Koeghan returns to host the show, which again offers $1 million to the winner. The 19th season debuts Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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