By Amanda Dolasinski

He's hiked through Afghanistan on the hunt for enemies and bloodied up the best mixed-martial arts fighters.

He's received death threats from ISIS and even challenged them to a face-off at his Texas home.

“The FBI got really mad at me,” Kennedy said, in reference to his daring taunt to ISIS terrorists. “I think I did what most barrel-chested freedom fighters would do.”

Now, Sgt. 1st Class Tim Kennedy, a member of the Texas Army National Guard, is taking on the toughest  9-to-5 jobs in the country in a new television show for Discovery Channel.Hard To Kill premieres Tuesday, July 31. The unscripted show features Kennedy trying wild jobs such as working on an oil rig and as a rodeo clown.


“Really the thing that's making this country tick is that blue collar job,” Kennedy said. “Doing this show was about finding those people and those jobs.”

Kennedy is Ranger qualified and previously served as a sniper with 7th Special Forces Group, deploying to Iraq, Afghanistan and other location

He is a retired MMA fighter who competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Strikeforce and International Fight League.

When they started working on Hard To Kill, Kennedy said they probably had about 200 jobs they wanted to tackle. They settled on six for the first series, but Kennedy is hopeful they'll get a crack at others.

In the show, Kennedy punishes his body with stunts like sky diving blinded and triggering avalanches from high altitudes.

He half-jokes that he can't find anyone to sell him a life insurance policy. And while he may be the host and star of the show, he said he really wants to shift the spotlight to everyday, working Americans.

Image courtesy of Discovery

“I've been surrounded by pretty heroic dudes for forever. That was a normal thing to me,” Kennedy said. “What never occurred to me is there is a dude in Midland, Texas and he's running an oil drill [and] if he makes one mistake, he's going to kill everyone around him.”

He hopes that viewers will also gain an appreciation for those who chose to take on these dangerous jobs.

“I hope people are going to be able to walk in the shoes of a community of people that they never thought about,” he said.

Amanda Dolasinski is MOAA's staff writer. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @AmandaMOAA.