Who is cowboy legend Myrtis Dightman?

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Myrtis Dightman, a cowboy legend from Crockett, will be having his annual rodeo this weekend.
 
But who is this cowboy legend?
 
Myrtis Dightman was born in Crockett in 1935 and by the time the 1960s rolled around he was an experienced bull fighter but he wanted to do more.
 
“I bull-fighted for so long and then later on down in the years I wanted to try to ride bulls,” said Dightman.
 
But Dightman found some minor difficulties when he first attempted to enter the bull riding profession.
 
“People told me ‘man you can’t ride no bulls’ and I said ‘why?’ (They said) ‘only white guys ever ride bulls’ and I said ‘the bulls don’t know white from black,'” said Dightman.
 
He did not become the rider he is known to be today without a few bumps along the way.
 
“The first time I went bull riding I didn’t do too good because the first two or three bulls kept throwing me off and throw me off pretty hard,” said Dightman.
 
But Dightman stayed tough and with a little help from his rodeo friends, his skills improved.
 
“So then Willie Thomas, Freddie Gordon and Harold Cash, they showed me how to hold on and that’s what made me really start riding bulls,” said Dightman.
 
He eventually was given many honors including multiple rodeo and bull riding hall of fame honors.
 
“Rodeo life is good, it’s been good to me and everybody I rodeo’ed with was good.” Dightman remarked. “I was lucky, I’d never been hurt on a bull or nothing.”
 
For nearly 30 years Myrtis Dightman has put on his own Labor Day rodeo in his home town of Crockett and recently a statue of the man was placed in front of the arena for people to see and learn about this local rodeo legend.

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