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Trevor Brazile Becomes First Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Triple Crown Winner Since 1983

49th annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

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LAS VEGAS - He came, he roped, he conquered. Trevor Brazile, who arguably entered the 49th annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Dec. 6-15, 2007,with the most pressure on him of any contestant, hung on to win the tie-down roping world title in Round 10 and complete the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association's first Triple Crown since Roy Cooper in 1983.

Brazile, who won his second straight steer roping world title on Nov. 3, wrapped up his fifth all-around gold buckle after Round 8, leaving just the tie-down roping world title between him and the elusive Triple Crown.

Brazile, of Decatur, Texas, had some trouble in the final round before 17,828 at the Thomas & Mack Center, missing with his first loop and recording a 15.4-second time.

Despite that trouble, his fifth-place finish in the average gave him $189,920 in tie-down roping earnings and the gold buckle by just $4,277 over Houston Hutto.

"It's awesome," said Brazile, who finished the season with a PRCA single-season record $425,115 in earnings. "You're talking about (Triple Crown winners) Roy Cooper and Jim Shoulders, and they're the greatest cowboys to ever live. Anytime you're on the same page as those guys, it's a great accomplishment, and it just means a lot to me."

Cody Ohl, the 2006 World Champion, had a chance to overtake Brazile by winning the average and Round 10, but finished with a 14.0-second time to finish out of the money in the round. Ohl, of Hico, Texas, still won the average with a 10-head time of 90.8 seconds, seven seconds ahead of Stran Smith, but finished third in the world standings with $183,117, $6,802 behind Brazile.

Missing his first loop in Round 10 was definitely not part of Brazile's plan.

"It was just sheer panic," Brazile said of his final tie-down roping run. "I went over everything that was about to happen tonight, and that wasn't any part of it. I was just trying to get my composure and get it done as fast as possible. I'm just tickled to death that it worked out the way it did. When it's all said and done, I didn't win $189,000 on that 10th calf. I've had a great year, and I've been blessed from start to finish."

Hutto, of Del Rio, Texas, finished third in Round 10, but his fourth-place finish in the Wrangler NFR average was not enough to propel him past Brazile, and Hutto finished the season with $185,643 in earnings.

Cooper, who was the first roper to ever achieve a Triple Crown triumph, praised Brazile's accomplishment.

"He deserves it, and I'm proud of him," Cooper said of Brazile. "I watched him work hard at it, and I pulled very hard for him to win it. I didn't realize what it really meant (to win the Triple Crown) at the time when I did it, but it'll mean more to him than anything when he gets older."

New 2007 World Champions

  • All-Around cowboy: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
  • Bareback riding: Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore.
  • Steer wrestling: Jason Miller, Lance Creek, Wyo.
  • Team roping (header): Chad Masters, Clarksville, Tenn.
  • Team roping (heeler): Walt Woodard, Stockton, Calif.
  • Saddle bronc riding: Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.
  • Tie-down roping: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
  • Barrel racing: Brittany Pozzi-Pharr, Victoria, Texas
  • Bull riding: Wesley Silcox, Payson, Utah
  • Steer roping: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas

Editor's Note: Our report on the Wrangler NFR is provided by Prorodeo.com. Additional Wrangler NFR reports are available by going to www.prorodeo.com along with photos and video images.

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