PUEBLO, Colo. ― Professional Bull Riders (PBR) veteran, Austin Meier announced today that he is retiring from the PBR and the sport of bull riding immediately.
Meier’s announcement comes during his 10th season with the PBR. The 28-year-old Oklahoman (Kinta) cites the many aches and pains he has endured throughout the years of competition as his main reason for hanging up his bull rope.
“The last couple of years I realized that I just hurt every day,” Meier said. “I would take time off to let parts of my body heal, but I realized that no matter how much time I took off or what I did, my back always hurt. A few years ago I got an x-ray on my back and it was discovered I had an old compression fracture. Then a month ago I got an MRI and I found out just how many issues I had.
PHOTO GALLERY: Take a look back at Austin Meier’s career
“I know being in pain is a part of our sport, but it eventually catches up with you,” Meier said. “I had to look at the long term and decide if it was worth it. I’ve always known there’s more to life than riding bulls and I wanted to make sure I could enjoy time with my family.”
Meier has qualified for eight PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals and has won more than $1.4 million over the past 10 years (2005-15). He has collected nine Built Ford Tough Series event wins along with 45 Top-5 finishes, 69 Top-10 finishes and 18 90-points rides during his career.
According to probullstats.com, Meier boasts a 44.6 career riding percentage, covering 483 of the 1,083 bulls he has faced. On Shepherd Hills Trapper (Circle T Ranch & Rodeo) he recorded two 90-plus rides, 90.75 and the highest-marked ride of his career, 92.25.
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