Top Stories of 2013 #4: The Trevor Brazile legend keeps going

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, December 28, 2013
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Decatur roper Trevor Brazile apparently has no limits.

The hardest-working man in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) looped together a season for the ages. The 37-year-old captured two world championships to close out the year, giving him a grand total of 19 world titles – a new PRCA record.

Ride to the Top

RIDE TO THE TOP – Decatur cowboy Trevor Brazile rides alone in the lore of professional rodeo with an incredible 19 world titles. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Brazile won the all-around world title, the gold buckle awarded to the highest money-winner in rodeo for the year, by the midway point of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, which wrapped up Dec. 14 in Las Vegas. He won the world championship in steer roping in November in Oklahoma.

It marked his 11th all-around title and 19th world championship. Both are records. He was presented the award Saturday night at the conclusion of the 10-day rodeo.

It could be argued he’s the most prolific athlete of the last decade in any individual sport. With a career total of $5,029,313, he left Las Vegas as rodeo’s first $5-million cowboy.

The $170,823 Brazile collected in team roping and tie-down roping at WNFR brought his season total to $426,010, the second-highest in history. He holds places one through seven in that category.

Brazile’s world championship pace is unprecedented and appears unstoppable. He’s averaged winning two per year over the past eight years. Brazile won his first gold buckle, for the all-around, in 2002.

“This is a little bit surreal,” Brazile said. “It sounds like a number to most people. Just because you have 18 doesn’t mean they give you 19. World titles never get any easier to win, and that’s why they all hold special meaning for me.

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