Texans running back Arian Foster made his debut —and quick exit— in last night’s premiere of MTV’s “The Challenge” spinoff “Champs vs. Stars.”
Arian Foster was one of ten “stars” on the show, a list that included athletes like British Olympian Louise Hazel and former Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel “Booby” Gibson and celebrities Drake Bell and Brooke Hogan, daughter of Hulk Hogan. The stars competed against veterans from “The Challenge” for charity.
When the Stars were introduced to the Champs, ‘Challenge’ veteran Devin Walker called Foster a “Hall-of-Famer.”
In the first challenge, “Stair Down,” Foster did well, finishing third in his heat and was the first of the “Stars” team to finish. However, in a twist, two teams would be chosen in a mix of stars and champs. They were selected by the top two finishers in the challenge, Tony Raines and Chris “CT” Tamburello.
CT and Tony opted to choose their champ friends before picking some stars, and ultimately Foster was picked sixth out of ten guys on CT’s Red Team. The Red Team had the longer time during the “Stair Down” challenge and were forced to pick a male team member to go into elimination.
Foster volunteered, thinking he would be able to defeat anybody on the Blue Team. The Blue Team’s “MVP” and team captain Tony pitted Foster against Casper Smart. Yes, that Casper Smart, the ex-boyfriend of Jennifer Lopez. Smart finished second in his heat during the “Stair Down” challenge and is apparently more athletic than people give him credit for.
In an elimination challenge called “Screw Off,” Foster and Smart had to unscrew a long, heavy screw with a baseball bat. In a close race, Smart came out on top.
The Red Team had the opportunity to save Foster if they had a majority of the votes from their remaining nine members. All of Foster’s “Stars” teammates voted ‘Yes’ while all the Champs voted ‘No’ and sent the Texans’ former running back home.
The “Champs” thought eliminating Foster and placing him against Smart in an elimination contest was a strategic move; they saw Foster as a huge threat to win the game. It was a way to show respect. Kind of a weird way to show respect, but it was unfortunate to see the greatest running back in franchise history go home so soon.
At the end of the show, it was announced that a donation would be made to Foster’s charity, the Arian Foster Family Foundation.