Former NFL Stars to Compete on ‘Amazing Race,’ New Cast Announced

by | August 28, 2013 at 9:47 AM | Black Entertainment, Fall TV 2013, The Amazing Race, TV News

The cast of the 23rd Installment of "The Amazing Race" (Photo: CBS)

The 23rd installment of “The Amazing Race” returns this fall, premiering Sunday, Sept. 29 at 8/7c on CBS, as 11 teams set off on the adventure of a lifetime as they sprint around the world in a race for $1 million dollars. CBS announced Tuesday the new cast of teammates and it looks like it will be a competitive season, with something of a sports theme running through the bunch.

Former Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Chester Pitts II has teamed up with his Texans teammate Ephraim Salaam, who’s also played for the Broncos, the Jaguars and the Lions, to compete in the “Race” this season. The L.A. Kings’ Ice Crew Girls, a pair of baseball wives and fitness trainers are also among the teams who will travel through four continents and nine countries, spanning over 35,000 miles across the globe.

Here are the 11 teams (in no particular order):

Name: Hoskote Venkatesh
Age: 60
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Current occupation: ER Doctor

Name: Naina Venkatesh
Age: 27
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Current occupation: Fitness Instructor

Connection: Father/Daughter
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Name: Jason Case
Age: 33
Hometown: Attleboro, Mass.
Current occupation: Owner of a Snowplow Company

Name: Amy Diaz
Age: 29
Hometown: Providence, R.I.
Current occupation: Social Media Manager

Connection: Dating
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Name: Leo Temory
Age: 26
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: Entrepreneur/Restaurateur

Name: Jamal Zadran
Age: 26
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: CEO/Owner of Z.I.G.
(Zadran Investment Group)

Connection: Cousins
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Name: Tim Wiyninger
Age: 26
Hometown: Cordell, Okla.
Current occupation: Oilfield Plant Operator

Name: Daniel “Danny” Merkey
Age: 25
Hometown: Cordell, Okla.
Current occupation: Oil Field Operator

Connection: Best Friends
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Name: Rowan Joseph
Age: 56
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Current occupation: Actor, Producer, Director
and Voiceover Artist

Name: Shane Partlow
Age: 47
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Current occupation: Actor/ Producer

Connection: Theater Performers. They call themselves
the “Queens of Bingo.”

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Name: Brandon Squyres
Age: 34
Hometown: Chico, Calif.
Current occupation: Contractor

Name: Adam Switzer
Age: 34
Hometown: Chico, Calif.
Current occupation: Eco-friendly farmer

Connection: Childhood Friends
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Name: Allison “Ally” Mello
Age: 22
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: The NHL’s LA Kings Ice Crew Girl

Name: Ashley Covert
Age: 25
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: The NHL’s LA Kings Ice Crew Girl

Connection: LA Kings Ice Crew
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Meet the New Teams Competing on Season 23 of “The Amazing Race”:

Name: Nicole Jasper
Age: 39
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Current occupation: ER Physician

Name: Travis Jasper
Age: 43
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Current occupation: ER Physician

Connection: Married ER Doctors
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Name: Nicole “Nicky” Getz
Age: 27
Hometown: Splits time between Kansas City and Troy, Mich.
Current occupation: Baseball Wife/Training
to be a Pilates Instructor

*Married to Chris Getz, who played for the Chicago White Sox
and Kansas City Royals (currently)

Name: Kim DeJesus
Age: 32
Hometown: Chicago
Current occupation: Baseball Wife

*Married to David DeJesus who played for the Kansas City Royals,
Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays (currently)

Connection: Baseball Wives
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Name: Timothy Sweeney
Age: 32
Hometown: Morristown, N.J.
Current occupation: Sports Marketing

Name: Marie “Reebs” Mazzocchi
Age: 29
Hometown: Morristown, N.J.
Current occupation: Fitness Trainer/Gym Owner

Connection: Exes
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Name: Chester Pitts II
Age: 33
Hometown: Missouri City, Texas
Current occupation: Sports Analyst for “Texans Insider,”
Executive Consultant for ZT Wealth and Altus HMS.

*Played for Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks
for more than 10 years in the NFL

Name: Ephraim Salaam
Age: 36
Hometown: Studio City, Calif.
Current occupation: Co-host of “Fox Sports Live.”

*Played for Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions,
Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons for 13 years in the NFL

Connection: Former NFL Teammates