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.

Bareback Rider Tim O’Connell Headlines Stacked NFR Lineup

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Postmortem Exam Shows Professional Bull Rider Ty Pozzobon Had CTE

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Former professional bull rider Ty Pozzobon had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) at the time of his death, researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine announced on Tuesday. The 25-year-old Pozzobon took his own life on January 9, 2017. He is the first confirmed case of CTE in a professional bull rider.

Angola Rodeo Regroups After Nate Forces First Closure In 53 Years

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Heart O' Texas Fair And Rodeo Reacts To Las Vegas Shooting

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The Heart O' Texas Fair and Rodeo is one of the most entertaining events in Central Texas, and has been for over 60 years. The folks in Waco have brought nearly 200,000 people from across the state and country last year, enticing the crowds with the comforts of the Lone Star State: country music, fried food, and rodeo.

Trevor Reiste’s Path To The NFR Built On Bulls, Sweat, & No Fear

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“Who says bull riders don’t train?”

This is the question Trevor Reiste playfully lobs at those who watch his intense, gravity-defying workouts on his YouTube and social media accounts.

It’s also a challenge the 24-year-old professional bull rider issues to himself every time he wakes up and looks at himself in the mirror.

For Bareback Rider Jesse Pope, Facing World Champs Is 'Just Another Rodeo'

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Jesse Pope is learning to do his laundry, and he is also saying things like this: "I'm gonna be world champion."

Cast Of Mentors Prepares Marty Yates For NFR Title Run

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Bubble Watch: The Closest Battles In The Fight For The NFR Top 15

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Rodeo Austin Introduces Freestyle Bullfighting At Bulltober

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If you've ever thought about combining beer, bulls, food trucks, and live music, but have been hesitant because of the logistics, you should head to Austin, Texas, in late October -- because they've figured it out for you.