Bradie Gray

Odessa College junior Bradie Gray rides a bull June 13 during College National Finals Rodeo slack at the Casper Events Center. Gray was severely injured by a bull June 15.

Alan Rogers, Star-Tribune

Bull rider Bradie Gray, who was injured June 15 at the College National Finals Rodeo when a bull stepped on him, is continuing to show improvement.

Gray was critically injured when the bull, Harry Vold’s Levi the Boss, stepped on his sternum after bucking off Gray. The Odessa College cowboy suffered broken ribs, collapsed lungs and a tear in his aorta. Emergency personnel rushed Gray to Wyoming Medical Center where, according to his coach, he arrived without a pulse. Doctors performed multiple surgeries to address his injuries.

The Odessa College Rodeo Team posted on its Facebook page that Gray had been taken off a ventilator over the weekend. In addition, Gray was able to sit in a chair for an hour at a time and had even taken some steps.

Mick Gray, Bradie’s father, indicated that the cowboy was still very weak but that “they are happy with his progress considering the injuries he sustained.”

A GoFundMe Page to help offset the cost of Gray’s medical costs and help pay for his parents’ stay — the Grays are here from Australia — has raised more than $25,000. Those wishing to donate can do so at


Sports Editor

Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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