Travis Hunter Jr. Embraces Cowboy Culture at PBR World Finals

College football star Travis Hunter Jr. attended the 2024 PBR World Finals, inspiring bull rider John Crimber to win a round and strike the Heisman pose. Crimber's successful ride earned him $35,000 and revived his rookie season.

Nitish Verma
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Travis Hunter Jr. Embraces Cowboy Culture at PBR World Finals

Travis Hunter Jr. Embraces Cowboy Culture at PBR World Finals

On Saturday, 20-year-old college football star Travis Hunter Jr. attended the 2024 PBR World Finals at Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. His presence caught the attention of 18-year-old bull rider John Crimber, who was competing in his rookie season with the Professional Bull Riding (PBR) organization.

Crimber was 0-for-2 starting the weekend and needed to hold on to a bull named Brown Bomber for eight seconds to salvage his season. His friend Marco Rizzo, sidelined with an injury, spotted Hunter in the VIP suites and texted Crimber about the sighting.

During an interview with Kate Harrison on CBS Sports Network, Hunter surprised Crimber with a tap on the shoulder, leaving the young bull rider overjoyed. Crimber had promised Hunter that if he managed to stay on Brown Bomber for the full eight seconds, he would strike the Heisman pose in his honor.

True to his word, Crimber succeeded in his challenge, staying atop Brown Bomber and striking the iconic pose, paying tribute to Hunter. The successful ride earned Crimber 89.25 points, tying him for the Round 3 win with Daylon Swearingen, and a substantial $35,000.

For Travis Hunter Jr., his first-ever PBR event turned out to be unforgettable, witnessing Crimber deliver on his promise in spectacular fashion. The encounter brought together two talented young athletes from different sports, creating an unforgettable moment at the PBR World Finals.

"I was like, 'Holy crap. He is here watching. That's awesome. That guy right there, let me tell you. I've always watched him on TV and stuff, and I like watching his highlights. He just fires me up. So I was really excited," Crimber said.

Crimber's performance at the World Finals has turned his rookie season around. After starting 0-for-2, he has earned 253 points towards the Unleash The Beast World Championship standings, now trailing No. 1 Cassio Dias by 487.5 points. With the World Finals event winner set to receive 400 points, Crimber's shot at the world title has become more realistic.

Hunter, meanwhile, fully embraced the cowboy culture during his time at the PBR World Finals. The college football star was seen posing in a cowboy outfit, complete with blue jeans, a cowboy hat, a brown belt, boots, and a buttoned shirt, drawing in lots of attention and cowboy nostalgia. The encounter between Hunter and Crimber showcased the excitement and camaraderie that can arise when athletes from different sports come together.

Key Takeaways

  • Travis Hunter Jr. attended the 2024 PBR World Finals in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Bull rider John Crimber rode Brown Bomber for 8 seconds, earning $35,000 and striking the Heisman pose.
  • Crimber's win tied him for Round 3 and boosted his Unleash The Beast World Championship standings.
  • Hunter and Crimber met, exchanging admiration and creating an unforgettable moment.
  • The encounter showcased camaraderie between athletes from different sports.