Landis Hooks is being hailed as a hero after saving his son from a charging bull at a Texas rodeo.
18-year-old Cody Hooks was thrown from the back of a bull while competing at a rodeo in Belton, Texas. The teen was knocked unconscious after landing hard on the ground.
Handlers attempted to keep the bull away from Hooks who lay motionless. But, when the bull failed to be deterred, Cody’s dad jumped into action and covered his son’s body with his own just before the bull charged him.
Cody posted a clip of his father’s selfless actions on Instagram, saying: “Not one to post falling off, but big thanks to my dad @hooks.landis and the bullfighters last night in Belton, Tx.”
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Comments on Cody Hooks’ Instagram post are as touching as the video itself with viewers pointing out Landis’s bravery. “A father willing to lay his life down for his son,” one commenter wrote. Another read, “Dad’s a freaking legend…you’re a lucky boy.” “That’s pure cowboy right there,” another comment said.
In an interview with Good Morning America, the father and son relived the frightening moment.
“No matter what, I’m gonna do what I gotta do for him,” Landis said about his son. When asked if anyone could have stopped him from shielding Cody, Landis replied, “No ma’am. Not at all….Nobody could have stopped me.”
Landis didn’t suffer any injuries in the incident, but Cody suffered a concussion and some “bumps and bruises.” The bull rider intends to return to the sport after he is has fully recovered.