|Lane Frost statue at Cheyenne Frontier Days|
That cowboy was a world champion bull rider and his name was Lane Frost.
While some of you may not be rodeo enthusiasts, you might be familiar with a movie that was created about his life, 8 Seconds. The movie starred actor Luke Perry as Lane Frost and Stephan Baldwin as his best friend Tuff Hedeman.
Have you ever seen the movie? If not, it's a good one despite some issues. My biggest beef with the movie is how the father-son relationship is played out for the big screen. In real life, it was nothing like that. There are a few other minor discrepancies throughout, but they don't really take too much away from the story.
The impact that Lane Frost left on the sport is still reaching people today! I can name at least five boys that were born in the late 80's, 90's and 2000's that were named after him. None of these families actually knew him, but they were so impressed with his character, personality (even if it was just something they glimsed during rodeo broadcasts) and try that they wanted to honor Lane in some way!
There is a vast amount of memorabilia, books, and websites that want to bring recognition to the kind of cowboy that Lane Frost was, but my favorite is probably a song written by Texas country music singer, Aaron Watson. He sings about Lane's last day and describes how his memory lives on in rodeo fans.