Eight months ago, professional bull-rider Chase Outlaw was convalescing from reconstructive shoulder surgery.
But last month, Outlaw, a Hamburg-area native, returned to the bucking shoot and is on a roll.
Chase Outlaw, a Hamburg native, returned to professional bull riding in June after convalescing from a shoulder surgery. He finished the 2017 rodeo season as the No. 6 ranked bull rider in the world. (SUBMITTED/News Observer)
In early June, Outlaw rode a bull in the Deadwood PBR Touring Pro in Deadwood, S.D., for the first time since the World Finals, when he road Indian Medicine, the bull who shattered his right shoulder. Outlaw’s last ride was a 90.5-point ride that still secured him sixth place in the world in 2017, even though it took him out of the shoots for a while. After the eight second buzzer, Outlaw found himself underneath Indian Medicine and the bull did a number on his shoulder.
Outlaw’s shoulders have caused the rider a list of problems over the years. Outlaw had reconstructive surgery on both shoulders in 2015 and he missed the first part of the season in 2016 recovering.
He returned in 2016 and was still able to finish No. 14 in the world standings, and came back even stronger in the 2017 season.
Before Indian Medicine, Outlaw was a 2017 world champion contender setting career-highs and as some would say, he was at the top of his game.
Outlaw said he will not let his shoulders keep him from making the world finals this year and he plans to end the 2018 season by competing for the world title.
Outlaw said he has an automatic eight buy-ins for PBR events because of his last season’s standings. He’s behind right now on the charts, but he said he plans to hit every event possible to add more points to his score.
“I’ve got to catch up,” Outlaw said.
Now that he’s back for the 2018 season, he has picked up right back where he left off.