Saddle bronc rider Sterling Crawley, a seven-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, confirmed to ProRodeo.com he’s going to compete at the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, Dec. 3-12.
Crawley, a Texas native, has been sidelined since breaking his right leg during a ride on Brookman Rodeo’s Lunatic Bait at the Fallon County Fair & Rodeo in Baker, Mont., Aug. 16.
“I’m right as rain,” Crawley said Nov. 17. “I was on crutches for a number of weeks, and tonight (Nov. 17) I will get on my first practice horse (in Huntsville, Texas at Sam Houston State), and I’m looking forward to it.
“I’m excited for the NFR. It would be a crying shame to miss the one NFR in Texas during my career. I want to get on some practice horses for peace of mind and get my body back use to using those muscles you only use when you’re riding. I also have (stock) contractors around here in Texas who have opened their doors for me to get on some horses, so I will be ready to go (for the NFR).”
Crawley had surgery in Dallas, Aug. 19, on his right leg.
“They put a rod and two screws in my leg, and then I started rehabbing about five or six weeks after my surgery,” Crawley said. “The first thing I was allowed to do was ride a bike, and as far as upper body and core I was allowed to work on those things right away.”
Crawley, who qualified for the Wrangler NFR in 2012-13, 2016-20, finished seventh in the regular season PRCA | RAM World Standings with $51,608.
Crawley finished a career-best sixth in the 2017 world standings.
Courtesy of PRCA