ESPN's Emmy award-winning primetime newsmagazine E:60 will profile 42-year-old alligator wrestler Paul Bedard in the episode airing Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. ET.
By all accounts, Bedard should be dead. He's been bitten 12 times by alligators, nearly lost a finger to a rattlesnake and has been clawed by a bear. Bedard entertains patrons at several Florida attractions by wrestling alligators and dealing with other dangerous creatures.
The Westport, Mass., native, who now spends most of his time living and working in the Miami area, also is an endurance athlete, torturing his body through endless hours of racing. It's clear that Bedard feels pain differently than most people.
In the E:60 profile, Bedard wrestles alligators, treats his own gator bite wounds and is shown being bitten by a diamondback rattlesnake (and subsequently visiting a hospital).
Launched in October 2007, ESPN's E:60 combines investigative reporting, in-depth profiles of intriguing sports personalities and features on emerging star athletes. These stories are presented in a fresh and innovative format that incorporates producer/correspondent meetings.
A preview clip of the Bedard feature can be viewed here.