King of the Cowboys
The Autobiography of the World’s Most Famous Rodeo Star
by Ty Murray
with Steve Eubanks
Atria Books, 2003
Personal Memoir, 272 pages
Ty Murray lived out every kid’s fantasy -- he became a cowboy.
But not just any cowboy -- he became the king of the cowboys.
In this revealing memoir, Murray reflects on his life as a twenty-first century
cowboy and the daredevil world of the rodeo. He details a life spent constantly
on the road, heading to the next event; the tragic death of his friend and
fellow rodeo star Lane Frost; and the years of debilitating injuries that led
some to say Ty Murray was finished.
He wasn't. In fact, Ty Murray has brought the world of rodeo into the
twenty-first century, through his unparalleled achievements in the ring --
including a remarkable seven All-Around Championships -- and advancing the case
for the sport as a television color-commentator and through the Professional
Bull Riders, an organization he helped to build.
King of the Cowboys provides a glimpse into a world that few live in, but
almost all of us fantasize about.
TY MURRAY was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2000 and retired
in 2002 at the age of 32. His rodeo career is unparalleled and he dominated the
sport. He is a nine-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) world
champion, is the only seven-time world champion all-around cowboy in
professional rodeo history, and was the Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) reserve
world champion for three years straight. He won the PBR Bud Light Cup World
Finals event in 1999, and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo average
championships in 1993 (bareback riding) and 1998 (bull riding). Murray also won
PRCA world bull riding titles in 1993 and 1998. He is a founding member of the
Professional Bull Riders and is still active in its management. He lives on his
ranch in Stephenville, Texas.