Fox News Insider caught up with Fox Nation contributor and "Fox & Friends" anchor Pete Hegseth to learn more about his life outside of Fox News. 

Read on for details about Pete's sharpshooting (on the basketball court), his favorite place to travel and where you're most likely to see him out with his kids...


1) I played (briefly) in the NCAA Tournament.

My dad was a high school basketball coach, so I spent the first 20 years of my life doing almost nothing other than playing hoops. Early-morning workouts, organizing full-court games and spending summers at camps, I loved basketball. (I once also made 230 free throws in a row in the driveway. I only missed one after stopping to get a drink of water).

I led my high school team to the Minnesota state tournament, and set the school record for career three-pointers. My younger brother later broke my record (but only because they ran a run-and-gun offense!).

I went on to play four years at Princeton University. I didn't play much, but I did get on the floor in an NCAA Tournament game in 2001. We were a 15-seed and lost to the #2 seed North Carolina Tar Heels.

I committed a foul in the last minute of the game, so my name is in the official scorebook. 



2) My tattoos honor the United States and our military.

I wanted a tattoo for years and got my first one in 2017. That one is a secret, but I quickly added four more, expressing my love of faith, country and service and I'm not done yet!

One depicts the coat of arms of the 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, the Army unit in which I served. Another says "We the People."

Take a look...


3) I wrote a book in 2016, and shockingly, wrote all 304 pages myself!

Following my deployments to Guantanamo Bay, Iraq and Afghanistan -- and after extensive time in Washington, D.C., advocating success in the Iraq War and fixing the Department of Veterans Affairs -- I felt like I might have something to say. So, I wrote a book. It took me about six months in 2015, as I worked on it mostly from 4am to 8am each day before going to work. I wrote it as a call-to-arms to reignite American citizenship at home and restore American power abroad, using Teddy Roosevelt's famous "Man in the Arena" speech as inspiration.

In order to save America for the next generation, I believe we need to raise gritty kids who love their country and are willing to fight for what they believe in. I was not originally a Trump supporter during the 2016 campaign (initially I was for Marco Rubio, and then Ted Cruz), but the book hits on many of the same themes as our current President. It's no surprise, therefore, that I want to Make America Great Again.



4) I love to travel to Israel.

In the past few years, I have had the opportunity -- and honor -- to travel to Israel four times. Each time, my connection to the Jewish State and the holy city of Jerusalem deepened. The history, the religious significance, the conflict and the gravity of Israel are like nowhere else in the world. The United States has long had a special bond with the State of Israel and I hope to help continue that, with a recognition that Israel is, in many ways, the furthest-most outpost of Western civilization.

Israel is surrounded by countries and terrorist groups that want to wipe it off the map. Not only has it survived, but it has triumphed and thrived, a testament to the fortitude of God's chosen people. I plan to visit Israel as much as I can in the future, hopefully with my kids and family. If you haven't been to Jerusalem, you have to go!

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5) Bowling with my kids is one of my favorite things.

I bowled sparingly as a kid, but in the past few years I have found it to be an excellent way to entertain, engage, and feed (!) my kids. I mean, what's better than fun, friendly, family competition, copious amounts of lemonade and beer (for the adults) and bowling alley pizza?!



I used to think bowling was only for birthday parties and special occasions, but now it's a regular activity. Not all of my kids like bowling as much as I do, though I'm working on them with the fire of a Baptist preacher. I bowl a lot, but I'm still proud when I crack 100. The only thing I've mastered about bowling is the art of the celebration! If you're ever bowling in Minnesota, New Jersey or New York, don't be surprised if you see me and my family in a lane near you.


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