JB Mauney to Retire Because of Recent Neck Surgery

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The legendary career of bull rider JB Mauney has come to an end.

According to ProRodeo.com, The 36-year-old underwent a surgery after breaking his neck in Lewiston, Idaho that removed a disc and required a rod, plates and screws to be put in.

“Unfortunately the surgery has ended my bull riding career,” Mauney said. "(This) is not the way I wanted to go out but everything happens for a reason.”

Mauney, known as the Dragonslayer for his ability to ride any bull and never flinch, had one of the most decorated PBR careers of all time before moving over to the PRCA.

Mauney won the 2013 and 2015 PBR World Championships and was also the PBR World Finals Event Champion in 2009 and 2013 as well as Rookie of the Year in 2006.

He moved over to the PRCA in 2021, where he made the NFR and won Round 1 in his debut.

He amassed more than $7 million in his bull riding career.