Not Your Average Athlete

By Brody Voge in Sports

You might laugh if you heard that Doc Holliday separated Cody Hudson’s right shoulder.

But it’s true.

Except in this case, it’s not the Holliday from the famous shootout at the O.K. Corral.

Doc Holliday is a bull.

Hudson, 18, a full-time Running Start student from Camas High School has been competing in the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series for a year.

He was ranked in the top 40 nationwide before suffering a separated shoulder in a PBR event Feb. 14.

He was riding a notoriously undersized bull that “fights dirty.”

“A lot of guys don’t like that bull,” Hudson said.

Hudson competed in his first rodeo at 14. He said he can’t remember the last time he was nervous to ride a bull.

“After you do it for a while, it’s just like going to work every day,” he said.

Hudson hopes to return to riding soon. He travels across America to a different city to compete in the PBR every weekend.

Bull riding has given him an opportunity to make some extra money. He won the Portland Invitational tournament on Feb. 8 and collected $4,532.63.

But Hudson also understands that it’s a career that doesn’t last, although he wants to continue riding for the time being.

Eventually, he plans to transfer to Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas to major in Agricultural Business. He wants to become a sales representative for companies selling products such as seed, sod and fertilizer to farmers.

As soon as his shoulder heals, Hudson plans to get back on a bull.

“You know you could get hurt but you gotta look past it,” Hudson said.

Though Hudson admitted he will be nervous getting back on a bull, he said he will try not to let it affect his ride.

“I ride best when I don’t think and just have fun,” Hudson said.

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