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04/28/05 - Lufkin

The Life Of A Rodeo Bullfighter

by Stuart Burson

Rodeo time is here in Angelina County. On Wednesday, the Angelina County Benefit Rodeo got underway. For the fans, the rodeo is full of excitement. But for those on the arena floor, facing danger is nothing new.

It's a job like no other. Being away from your family most of the year just so you can make an angry bull charge after you instead of a cowboy.

So, what would make a grown man stand in the way of a raging bull?

"To me, the way I try to explain it, when the bull's chasing you and he's right there on you, and he's kind of knocking you around a little bit, it's as close to being out of control without being out of control as you can get." says rodeo bullfighter Clay Collins.

Collins has been a rodeo bull fighter for nine years.

"I've had eight concussions, I've had numerous broken bones, punctured lungs, elbows ripped out of sockets, my groin ripped open, stitches in my head and my eyes."

And, if you like to spend quiet time at home with your family, this may not be the type of work you want to look into.

"I'll have a couple of weeks off and then i'll leave July 4th and then I won't have another one off until November."

Most of us are not suited to spend ninety percent of the year traveling from town to town, throwing ourselves into harm's way. But for guys like Clay, they wouldn't have it any other way.

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