Bull rider Bradie Gray: ‘This community helped me out a lot’

Bull rider Bradie Gray, right, sits with his parents Mick and Sharon Gray before a press conference at the Wyoming Medical Center on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Casper. Bradie was nearly killed during last year’s CNFR after a bull landed on his chest. He returned to Casper during this year’s rodeo to thank people he met. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

During the 2017 CNFR, Australian bull rider Bradie Gray arrived at the Wyoming Medical Center with no pulse.

One year later, he returned to the WMC to thank everyone who saved him.

Gray, who was riding for Odessa College, was nearly killed when the hind quarters of a bull named Levi the Boss slammed onto his chest.

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“I have a lot of good doctors,” said Gray during a press conference at WMC on Wednesday afternoon. “I’ve always had a fight in me that never gives up on whatever I do. I hope it inspires other kids and other people to keep on fighting, keep on doing what they want to do.”

Bradie and his parents Sharon and Mick Gray are back in Casper briefly for CNFR. They arrived yesterday by car after flying into Texas from Australia. Tomorrow they head for Oklahoma to look at a bull they’d like to buy for their bull breeding business.

Only seven months passed before Gray got back on another bull. He and his friends had watched the Austrailan National Finals when he decided to go home give it a try. “After the first couple of jumps, it all came back,” said Gray, who finished the ride.

He’s been on 10 bulls since then, but was again injured recently with a lacerated liver just after learning he made it on Australia’s Global Cup PBR team.

“That’s just bull riding,” said Gray.

The tough bull rider admits that going back to the Casper Events Center for a CNFR performance last night for the first time since he nearly died was an emotional experience.

“Being there at the (CNFR) event last night was good, there were a lot of memories going through my head,” said Gray.”

“This community helped me out a lot, so it’s good to come back and say hello and thank you for everyone who was there for me.”

“I want to go as far as I can in bull riding,” said Gray. “As long as I can prove to everyone I wasn’t just a kid who got hurt, that I was the kid who made the greatest comeback in bull riding history…then that’s what I want to do. That’s what I want to be known for.”

Bull rider Bradie Gray talks to media during a press conference at the Wyoming Medical Center on Wednesday in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

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