Getting to know reality star and wife of former Buccaneer Monica Culpepper with "10 questions"

TAMPA, Fla - Are you ever curious about the real lives of politicians, celebrities, local newsmakers and athletes?
Each Tuesday, ABC Action News asks 10 questions of a Bay area leader, politician or even national celebrity.

We go beyond the questions that are news of the day. After all sometimes, we want know more about them. What's their favorite music? Greatest success? And who do they look up to?

Here in the Bay area, Culpepper is a name many know. It's usually associated with  Brad Culpepper, a former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and current lawyer, whose firm is known for it's highly produced commercials.

But, the rock by his side for more than 20 years is his wife Monica.

And Monica has certainly earned her own name recognition as a contestant on the reality show "Survivor."

Her presence made such an impression she was invited back for a second round with her husband Brad. She ended up the runner-up on the show.

This week, in the month On May the 8th the couple will celebrate their 22nd wedding anniversary, Monica is answering our 10 questions-in this case-nine! I apologize but the original version included answers from someone else. So, I have updated this.

She's made her own sacrifices to support her husband as he pursued his career.

She and Brad met at University of Florida, where she  graduated with a bachelors degree.

She started out as pre-med, but when Brad started playing for the Minnesota Vikings, Monica said she decided to study physical therapy at University of Minnesota.

It was a profession she was very passionate about. When Brad came back here to Florida, she worked  Shriners Children's Hospital in Tampa.   

She said  when Brad was not playing during the off-seasons of the NFL, he would attend law school at the University of Florida and she worked at Shands Hospital in Gainesville .  

Right now, she is busy raising the couple's three children ages 16, 14, and 12.

Monica said she is also committed to mentoring high school kids in Hillsborough County. She also enjoys volunteering in Tampa's community.

I have talked to Monica numerous times, she is just lovely. Beautiful on the outside and such a kind soul.

She has been featured in local articles about taking care of herself, including her exercising regiment.

I think she is a wonderful example off a woman who takes care o f herself. If you ask me....if we had a local "Most Beautiful" people, like they do in People magazine--Monica would grace the cover!

I hope you enjoy her 10 answers.......

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1. What is your all time favorite movie or song?

My favorite movie of all time is Dances With Wolves

My favorite song of all time is I Will  Survive by Gloria Gaynor

2. Do you have a Smartphone? If so, what's your favorite app?

Yes. I have a smart phone and my favorite app is the safari link... I can look up where I'm going, phone numbers, store hours, and even definitions of words if I can't remember when my kids ask me! It's The all access pass...

3. Who do you count as your mentor(s)?

My mentor is my conscience. I constantly ask myself , "Is this morally sound?"  "How will I feel about this decision next week?" "Am I being a good role model with this decision?" And having a level headed spouse to bounce things off of does wonders too...   

4. What was your very first job?
The first job I worked was at Walt Disney's Pleasure Island.  I was the sledgehammer girl at one of their games.  It consisted of me  Drumming up people to show off their muscles and ring the bell! I did it for 2 weeks over winter break while at University of Florida.

5. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

If I could change one thing about myself I would be a little less self aware.  Sometimes I'm so worried about stepping on someone's toes or doing the perfect thing.

6. What do you consider your greatest success?

My greatest success is my 21 year marriage (this month 22)  to Brad. We have 3 children ages 16, 14, and 12 and we are still having a ball together raising kids.

7. Tell us something about you most people don't know?

Something about me most people don't know is that I'm a mentor for high school kids in Hillsborough County ! I love this volunteering experience so much and have found it to be one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.

8.  What is in your fridge right now?

Everything is in my refrigerator right now!!  I have teenagers and I love to cook!!! I'm always prepared for 8 or more for dinner nightly... You never know who may show up, An old teammate, an old Survivor cast-mate, or any of the kids friends.   

9. If you could have a different career, other then what you're doing now, what would it be?

 I'd stick with my same career and station in life all day long. Raising kids is the toughest job ever , but I wouldn't trust it to anyone else.  I'm honest in saying It's not easy all the time , but if feels good and in the end family is all we have.

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