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Bulls and Blood

Amazing racer Cord McCoy is thankful to God for his survival after rodeo accident


If the Almighty has played a role in preparing Jet and Cord McCoy for the spotlight of “The Amazing Race,” he’s also protected them.

That’s especially true for Cord McCoy, who competed in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Professional Bull Riders’ Built Ford Tough Series, qualifying for the PBR World Finals as recently as 2011.

In 2004, he suffered a fractured skull while riding a saddle bronc in Oklahoma City. He spent three days in a medically induced coma and eight months in speech therapy.

“I don’t really remember what I forgot,” he jokes when asked why he got back in the saddle after the injury. He thanks God for his mercy and healing. 

In late 2013, the PBR announced that Cord McCoy was retiring from bull riding.

“Now, see, that’s questionable,” he says. “There’s no real retirement. You just don’t get on bulls anymore.”

“Yeah,” his brother chimes in, “It’s not like you had a 401(k) or anything.”

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