The Jackie Robinson of Rodeo


#TIA – You don’t have to be from Texas to appreciate this story about the Jackie Robinson of rodeo. Must reading; don’t miss it

“Eight seconds were all Myrtis Dightman needed to make history.

It was 1967, the first weekend in April, and the lean 31-year-old cowboy lowered himself onto the back of a 1,700-pound bull. He was at a rodeo in Edmonton, in the Canadian province of Alberta, the farthest he’d ever been from his East Texas hometown of Crockett. The air was thick with the stench of livestock and cigarette smoke as five thousand onlookers packed the concrete grandstands.”

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