Peril!  competitor and Philadelphia native Ryan Long on a winning streak

Peril! competitor and Philadelphia native Ryan Long on a winning streak

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Mount Airy’s Ryan Long is in danger! winning streak.

Long won his fifth game in a row Thursday night, taking home a total of $105,801.

The Philadelphia rideshare driver is also winning hearts around the world.

Long is clearly brilliant, but he’s also very humble.

Ryan is an Uber and Lyft driver trying to pay the bills. He says doctors doubted he would win his battle with COVID-19 last year.

Long also favors baby kittens.

And in case fans were wondering why he was squinting on the show, it’s because he left his glasses 3,000 miles away in Philadelphia.

He also only owns two dress shirts, so he alternated them on the show.

“I have to thank the costume designers because they did wonders with what I brought: two shirts and two vests,” Long said. “That’s all I had. That’s all I could afford. I figured I wasn’t going to stay there more than a day.”

The George Washington High School graduate only had one year of community college, but he’s an avid reader who’s studied his whole life.

“I don’t really know what I know,” he laughs. “I read a lot of stuff, and stuff gets stuck. When I was a kid, I read the dictionary for fun.”

He also loves a good impersonation and showed off his best Arnold Schwarzenegger voice during the show.

Thursday’s victory puts Long into the Tournament of Champions.

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