Brian Kilmeade shares own journey, opens up about tragedy that steered him toward his career

Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade shared his personal trials, challenges and the journey he has been on in the road to his current success.

The co-host of “Fox & Friends” spoke to an audience about how he became the man he is today while discussing his new book, “Sam Houston and The Alamo Avengers” at the live event.

(Video: Fox News)

“I have the best job, I am on the number one network …I’m privileged — but I think you should understand what a long shot this is and the journey I took, and I think you’ll be able to relate to it,” he said.

“My original goal was to be a great soccer player,” the 55-year-old explained, “and the problem with that was … I wasn’t.”

“I was determined to be great. I worked and I tried, and with my dad as my coach, I started really making progress,” Kilmeade said. That is, until his father was involved in a fatal accident.

“My goal was to double and triple down to prove his belief in me and to show that I could achieve my goals … in a tribute to him, I was going to go pro,” he said.

But his high school coach was not supportive and told him he had no future as a soccer player. Moving on to Long Island University, Kilmeade continued to play soccer while working on a communications degree.

“After my high school coach told me I didn’t belong in the game, I’m coming off the bench playing teams that would’ve beat my high school team by four or five points,” Kilmeade said, asking the crowd, “I ask you, who was right? The first coach in high school, or the second coach in college?”

“They’re both right,” he said. “Everybody in life has an opinion of who you can be and who you are … For whatever reason. Life’s not fair — get over it.”

Kilmeade faced the ultimate defeat as a new coach benched him.

“I couldn’t believe it. I was 22 years old and I failed at my first titanic goal. The tribute I wanted to give to my dad, the salute I wanted to give to my family … everyone thought I was good … 22 and done.

“However, there is something magical about blowing your perfect game…because I’m basically playing with house money, and I promised my second goal, no one’s gonna bench me, I’m going to the next team. I will decide when this is over because I already found out what happened when someone else was in control,” he said.

Kilmeade turned his attention to succeeding in radio and television, saying he was “determined” and was ‘going to blanket the country…and guess what happened. The rejection letters started coming in.”

“How you digest your setbacks” determines how success comes in life, he told the audience.

“I also think that if you put effort in and you don’t get the required results, people think you lose … but you don’t,” he reflected. “Your glory is delayed, it is not denied. You decide when it’s over, and if you don’t get it in your lifetime, the kids you raise, the neighbors who see you … will be inspired by you and you can revel in their success.”


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