Who Is Nick Irving? 'American Grit' Brings "The Reaper" To TV
As a military sniper, Nick Irving has earned quite a reputation. According to the New York Post, that reputation as a master marksman earned him the nickname of "The Reaper" and he is one of the best combat snipers in military history. Now, he'll bring those skills and dedication to television, since Nick Irving serves as a coach on American Grit, FOX's new military-themed competition reality show. However, that's not the only time you'll see Irving on your TV: His 2015 memoir entitled The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers will soon become a miniseries on NBC. Of course, you'll likely want to know more about Irving before American Grit premieres on April 14 at 9 p.m.
On the series, Irving, along with three other military veterans, will be guiding ordinary citizens through a series of military-based challenges and obstacles, although surely the events that these citizens will be going through pale in comparison to the very genuine combat experience that Irving faced while he was stationed overseas. But that doesn't mean he won't be able to relate to the American Grit competitiors. Here's what you should know about Irving, before you see his tough side on FOX Thursday night.
He Loves Dogs
Irving enjoys sharing pictures on social media with a variety of K-9 companions.
He's A Donald Glover Fan
While these two have incredibly different backgrounds, it seems that Irving enjoyed getting to know the rapper/comedian/actor. Maybe Irving can make a cameo on Glover's upcoming FX show Atlanta now that he has TV experience.
He Holds Those He Has Lost In His Heart
Irving's time in the military may have earned him a lot of recognition, but he also lost people close to him while serving overseas. He still honors them and celebrates their memories, and encourages others to remember those that didn't come home.
He Met Kenny G Once
Yes, that Kenny G.
Nick "The Reaper" Irving has built a lot around his legacy as a sniper, but it's always good to remember that there's another side to him. Irving may be in full military mode when American Grit premieres, but that doesn't mean viewers can't understand the other aspects of his life too.
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