Everybody tends to watch reality television the same way: On the couch, making fun of the contestants while lecturing the wife and dog about how we would do it soooooooooo much better. Titans defensive end Kamerion Wimbley, a huge fan of reality TV shows, admitted he watches this way.
But there’s one big difference between him and the rest of us (besides the obvious): He went out and proved he could do it.
Wimbley advanced to the next round of “American Ninja Warriors,” coming out of the Southeast regional in Miami among the 30 best out of more than 100 contestants.
Not bad for a guy who went out on a lark.
“I had an opportunity, and I jumped at it,” Wimbley said. “I always criticize these guys, asking, ‘Why didn’t he do it this way?’ so I wanted to experience it.”
For those of you who are unaware of ANW (which plays Sunday nights on the G4 Network and Mondays on NBC — which means this is kind of a spoiler alert), you are missing out on something pretty cool. Basically, it’s a rather intense obstacle course.
A course Wimbley made it look easy, especially when you consider he had essentially no previous obstacle-course training (unless you consider watching YouTube videos and picking the brains of other contestants). In addition, the majority of the contestants are shorter, with extensive backgrounds in gymnastics, martial arts and parkour. So being a man of Wimbley’s size (6-foot-4 and 255 pounds) was actually a bit of a disadvantage.
“That was the most surprising thing, was to see the other contestants,” Wimbley said. “I was carrying more weight than the other guys, but my size had its advantages and disadvantages.”
And the hardest part of of the course?
“The cargo net. Carrying the extra weight, it was tough,” Wimbley added.
Not to worry, Titans fans; football will always supersede being a ninja. He won’t rule out another chance at American Ninja Warrior next year, nor a shot at a show like “The Amazing Race,” but football will always be his first priority.
“Training for football always comes first,” Wimbley said. “But this was a lot of fun. Hopefully, this will encourage others to go out and try it.”
Fellow ANW fans can contact Rank via Twitter @adamrank.