Bull Rider JB Mauney Announces Retirement After Suffering Neck Injury In Rodeo Accident

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The career of legendary bull rider JB Mauney has come to an end one week after suffering a broken neck at a rodeo in Lewiston, Idaho.

Mauney suffered the career-ending injury after being bucked off of bull Arctic Assassin and landing on his head. The accident took place at an Xtreme Bulls event on Tuesday, September 6.

The 36-year-old announced his retirement from the sport one week after the injury and following a surgery that included the removal of a disk and addition of rod, plates and screws.  Mauney shared that “surgery went great” and thanked hospital staff for taking care of him during his stay. He added that the surgery meant that his bull riding career was over.

“Unfortunately with the surgery it ended my bullriding career, just wanted to let everyone know that I’m ok and now on the road to recovery!” he wrote.

JB Mauney is considered one of the best bull riders in PBR history.

He started competing in PBR in 2006, winning Rookie of the Year honors and going on to become a top competitor in the sport. In 2013 and 2015 he won the PBR World Championship. He also took home the PBR World Finals title twice (2009 and 2013). In For 15 years straight, 2006 through 2020, Mauney qualified for the PBR World Finals.

The year after his second PBR World Championship win, Mauney became the first cowboys whose career earnings totaled more than $7 million.


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Mauney suffered numerous injuries over the course of his bull riding career. Early in 2023 he was knocked unconscious by a bull while competing at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. In 2021, the rider suffered facial lacerations after being thrown from a bull at the National Finals Rodeo.

Other injuries Mauney suffered during competition include a dislocated shoulder, a lacerated kidney, two broken legs, broken jaws, back, feet and shoulder blades.

Mauney’s ability to rebound from a myriad of injuries over the last 17 years only confirmed that his decision to retire wasn’t taken lightly.

We wish JB Mauney a full and speedy recovery.

More About JB Mauney: A Professional Bull Riding Legend

JB Mauney, a name synonymous with the adrenaline-pumping world of professional bull riding, recently made headlines due to an unfortunate accident during the Lewiston Roundup. This incident sent shockwaves through the tight-knit community of rodeo enthusiasts and fans of the sport, leaving many concerned about the two-time world champion’s well-being.

Born on January 9, 1987, JB Mauney hails from Mooresville, North Carolina, and his journey into the world of professional bull riding began at a young age. His remarkable skills and fearless approach to the sport made him a standout talent. Mauney’s career accomplishments are impressive; he has secured his place in the annals of bull riding history with his fearless performances and numerous wins.

One of the highlights of Mauney’s career came when he clinched the title of Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World Champion not once but twice. These victories solidified his reputation as one of the sport’s greats and earned him a dedicated fan base that spans the globe.

However, the path to glory in professional bull riding is fraught with danger, and Mauney recently found himself facing the harsh reality of the sport’s inherent risks. The Lewiston Roundup incident left him nursing an injury, raising questions about his road to recovery and his future in the sport.

Fans eagerly await the JB Mauney injury update for 2023, hoping for positive news regarding his condition and potential return to the arena. Despite the challenges posed by this setback, one thing is certain: JB Mauney’s indomitable spirit and passion for professional bull riding will continue to inspire both fellow riders and fans, ensuring that his legacy in the sport endures.

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