Rick Young: A Career Comes Full Circle

By Phillip Kitts

As with all careers, there comes a time when a person must just step away.
What is different about the sport of rodeo is for many there is no stepping away. Many young athletes get their start in rodeo at a very young age. As they progress through youth on to junior high and eventually high school, they all are looking to “go pro.”

Young pro athletes approach every day with a no holds barred approach and they make every run or ride with no fear. Eventually when the broken
bones, aches and pains have gotten to be enough, you would think a person would walk away from a sport.

In other major league sports, once an athlete is done you will occasionally see them in advertisements endorsing a brand or promoting a product, but when they make their exit from the sport it is permanent.

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