Emmanuel Sanders: NFL Stardom With Rodeo Roots

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In 2015, Emmanuel Sanders led the Pittsburgh Steelers in receiving yards en route to a victory in Super Bowl 50 over the New England Patriots. His illustrious professional career started in 2010, when the Steelers drafted Sanders out of SMU. With three consecutive years of over 1,000 yards in receiving, he's got a lot left in his tank.

But here's one thing football fans — or rodeo fans, for that matter — may not know about Sanders: the 30-year-old native of Bellville, Texas, found much of his athletic inspiration in his bull-riding uncle.

In the video below, produced by SB Nation, Sanders discusses the love, passion, hard work, and craftsmanship that every cowboy possesses, and how those traits translated to his journey on the gridiron. Sanders was such a fan of rodeo, apparently, that he grabbed a rope as a kid and roped anything in his path — garbage cans, chairs, even his sister. 

That sounds like dedication to us.

Current World No. 1 & Returning Champ In Heat 9 At Guy Weadick Days

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Tonight marks stop No. 4 on the WPCA Tour, Presented by GMC for Guy Weadick Days. Drivers will hit the track in High River for the first time, and the draw has been posted for fans to check out who will be matched up against each other on night one. 

Staggering Purse, 82 years, Stop No. 2: The Numbers Of The Ponoka Stampede

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A staggering purse, an exciting format, and over 80 years of this legendary rodeo. Here are the numbers of the 2018 Ponoka Stampede:

Guy Weadick Days: Wild West Show Meets Modern Day Rodeo

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The Wild West merges with the modern rodeo at Guy Weadick Days in High River, Alberta. Although the event’s namesake was known for promoting the Calgary Stampede, Weadick called the neighboring town of High River home for many years, established the Calgary Stampede Ranch just west of the town. He was later laid to rest there in the place that always “felt like home.”

Wainwright Preview: Champion, Solomon, & Kimzey On The Draw

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The Wainwright Stampede puts up the largest purse the CPRA has seen so far this rodeo season, and a larger payout—coupled with its long round and short round format—tends to draw some tough competitors to the event. Looking down the draw, you can see returning Wainwright champions, Canadian champions, as well as several world champions. 

The Finning Pro Tour's Impact On CPRA And PRCA Competitor's Seasons

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It doesn’t matter what country you hail from, if you’re sitting with your daytimer and planning out your pro rodeo season, the Finning Canada Pro Rodeo Tour events are most likely on your list of rodeos to enter. The tour that consists of nine Canadian rodeos has over $1.3 million in added money in 2018, something that entices WNFR and CFR regulars like bareback rider Caleb Bennett each year.

Rodeo Dads: This Day Is For You

Joe and Katy Lucas

I grew up with a dad who other young ropers looked up to. He was a multi-time Canadian champion and a WNFR qualifier, but to me he was just "dad."

Short Round Draws Near At 2018 College National Finals Rodeo

There is just one performance to go before the short round of the 2018 College National Finals Rodeo and there have been some impressive performances so far.

Watch Full Replays Of 33rd Annual Championship Jr Roping Roundup

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Didn't get enough of the 33rd Annual Championship Jr Roping Roundup in Ardmore, Oklahoma? Watch full replays of the event by clicking the links listed below.

CPRA Profiles: Morgan Grant, 3-Time Canadian High-Point Champion

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From Ontario gymkhanas to a Canadian champion.

Saddle Up, Sista'! See Our Favorite Flicks From Sisters Rodeo

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The highest-paying rodeo during a huge PRCA rodeo weekend attracted some top professional rodeo contestants who posted high scores and fast times in Sisters, Oregon. The 2018 Sisters Rodeo paid out nearly $150,000, making it a must-enter rodeo for many of the top cowboys and cowgirls in the PRCA.