An Ashley County bull rider is getting national attention after making what some are calling a historic comeback in his Professional Bull Riding career.
Chase Outlaw of Hamburg has made it to the Professional Bull Riding World Finals seven years in a row, but this season it looked like multiple injuries were going to hold him back.
Reconstructive shoulder surgery prevented Outlaw from competing the first half of this year and when he returned in June he was already behind other riders. Outlaw was only back in the chutes for approximately two months when he received 30 facial fractures while riding in the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo in early August.
After Outlaw collided with a bull name War Cloud, he had to undergo a 12 hour surgery at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
Outlaw was looking at a two-to-three month recovery, and it looked as though his chances of returning to the PBR World Finals were slipping further and further away. Outlaw said he never doubted he would be back.
“I knew I could do it, I knew it would be hard, but I knew I would do it,” Outlaw said after qualifying to return.
Outlaw said he has ridden 14 out of the 18 bulls he has been on in the last month.
Outlaw’s first ride after his facial surgery was Oct. 6 in Milwaukee, Wis., at the 25th PBR Unleash The Beast event. That was the start of his comeback, and since then Outlaw has risen 54 spots in the world standings. Outlaw went from 76 ranked in the world to number 22.
“I knew I had to ride every bull I got on,” Outlaw said.
Outlaw secured his place in the world finals on Saturday when — for the second time in his career — he won the Real Time Pain Velocity Finals event title. Outlaw earned $29,600 and 320 world points. The event win was the one that bumped him up to the No. 22 spot in the world.
Not only will Outlaw compete in the PBR World finals, which kicks off Nov. 7, he has also been invited to represent Team America in the Global Cup in February which will be held in the Dallas Cowboys stadium.
“Only six guys from America get to do this so it’s a pretty big deal to get to represent your country,” Outlaw said.
Outlaw said he’s going to give it all he’s got this week and he hopes to be the next PBR World Finals Champion.
CBS Sports Network will broadcast every round of the 25th PBR Unleash The Beast World Finals live at 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday
It will also be on at 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday of this week and then at 5 p.m. Sunday.