James Burton “J.B.” Mauney, born on January 9, 1987, is a former American professional rodeo cowboy renowned for his expertise in bull riding. He embarked on his rodeo journey by participating in both the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) and Championship Bull Riding (CBR) circuits early in his career. However, in early 2006, he made the pivotal decision to commit to full-time bull riding within the PBR. His career trajectory took off rapidly as he claimed the prestigious PBR Rookie of the Year title in the same year. This marked the beginning of his impressive journey within the PBR, where he consistently ranked among the top contenders. Mauney reached the pinnacle of his career by clinching the coveted PBR world championship titles in both 2013 and 2015. Renowned bull riding champion J.B. Mauney is announcing his retirement at the age of 36, following a harrowing neck injury he suffered during a recent competition. The incident unfolded during the PRCA ProRodeo event held in Lewiston, Idaho, over the weekend, where Mauney was thrown from a bucking bull, landing directly on his head and neck.
J.B. Mauney Retires After Breaking Neck In Accident
Mauney took to social media to share details of his condition, revealing that he underwent a successful neck surgery at St. Joseph Regional Medical. The procedure involved the insertion of rods, plates, screws, and the removal of a disc. Unfortunately, this surgery marks the conclusion of his bull riding career. In his statement, the two-time World Champion expressed his heartfelt thanks to the dedicated medical professionals who cared for him and assured everyone that he is now on the path to recovery. The news of Mauney’s retirement has resonated deeply within the bull-riding community. Fellow cowboys, fans, and even the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) have all come forward to offer their support and admiration for the contributions he has made to the sport.
After a fall from a bull during the PRCA ProRodeo event in Lewiston, Idaho, J.B. Mauney underwent surgery on his neck. The surgical procedure involved the placement of rods, plates, screws, and the removal of a disc. Mauney expressed his gratitude to the medical professionals at St. Joseph Regional Medical, emphasizing that the surgery was successful. In a message shared on social media, he conveyed his thanks, saying, “Surgery went well, and I want to extend my appreciation to everyone at @stjosephregionalmedical for their exceptional care.”
The PBR, in particular, paid tribute to Mauney’s remarkable legacy, stating that “the sport of bull riding will never be the same,” and extending their gratitude for the numerous cherished memories and unforgettable moments he has provided. Country music sensation and avid bull riding enthusiast, Parker McCollum, also chimed in on Mauney’s retirement announcement, affectionately referring to him as “The GOAT” (Greatest of All Time). Another fellow rider, Cody Nance, shared his heartfelt sentiments, expressing how Mauney had been a tremendous source of inspiration for him and countless others. He wished Mauney a fulfilling retirement, filled with cherished moments with his family.