By J.E. McCollough Entering the private sector after military service is rarely...
Kelly “Thor” Crigger began his career as an enlisted Infantryman in 1986 and went downhill from there. After sixteen years as a tactical Chemo in prestigious units like the 3rd Infantry Division and the 1st SF Group, Crigger was forced to pay his dues and manage R&D projects in DC. It’s an incredibly dynamic (read: boring) job that can be summed up in an old 3M commercial-“we don’t make the cup, we make the cup stronger.” Snappy. It’s a cushy assignment that’s taken its toll on his physique, which more resembles an Oompa Loompa than a tabbed former paratrooper. Crigger has an advanced degree in International Relations, so he’s edumacated (read: got diploma online from Jamaica), and when you combine that with all the free time he has sitting behind a desk, it results in a lot of extramural writing. He has a penchant for cool words used correctly in a sentence, so if you ever meet him and sneak nefarious, endogenous, or arriviste into the conversation you’ll make a friend for life.
In 2006 he channeled his powerful lexicon into his passion for MMA and became a writer for Real Fighter magazine. Since then he’s written for a plethora of MMA outlets and is now a regular contributor to Fight! Magazine, Fightline.com, and MMAJunkie.com (name dropper!). Crigger met the RU crew in passing (read: saw them handing out shirts) at the 2007 Army Combatives tournament, but developed a relationship when RU graciously agreed to carry his book, Title Shot, on their website and donate proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project. Crigger is easily the most experienced (read: oldest) of the RU crew, so he has a lot of stories to tell and sage wisdom to hand out. He aspires to make the jump from sports writing to screenplays someday, but is currently between representatives (read: agent dumped him), so that dream is in a “wait” status.