Bull Rider Sean Willingham announces retirement

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

PBR competitor Sean Willingham has announced his retirement. He made his retirement official at the PBR World Finals: Unleash The Beast Tour at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Willingham talked about retirement a few years ago with The Capital Sports Report. However, he continued on with his career.

Professional Bull Rider CEO Sean Gleason stands with PBR Rookie of the Year Boudreaux Campbell and PBR Retiree Sean Willingham
Sean Gleason stands with PBR Rookie of the Year Boudreaux Campbell and PBR Retiree Sean Willingham (Photo by Sean Willingham/Instagram)

“Saying goodbye to something I have loved from day one 24 years ago,” Willingham said on Facebook. “So many memories and a lot of miles. Thank you to everyone that has been with me through this journey.”

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Willingham competed in nine events in 2020. He was apart of the Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour eight times and the Touring Pro Division – USA once.

He had 13 outs and two rides. However, he just had 11.5 points for a 16.67 ride percentage. Just one of Willingham’s ride was a Top 5.

Willingham competed in the sport from 2003 through 2020. His best season was in 2006 when he earned $248,313.

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Only four times in his career that he received $100,000 or more in a season. He received $154,377 in 2007, $160,706.21 in 2008, and $101,944.03 in 2010.

He last competed on the top-tier Unleash The Beast tour during the 2019 season. He placed 46th following 10 events. Willingham had 23 outs and had six rides for 153.33 points. He had a ride percentage of 26.09%.

In his career, he has had 1,223 outs and 508 rides. He had a 41% ride percentage and won 16 events. He walks away into retirement while making $1.338 million in his bull riding career.

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“Thank you @pbr for this amazing life,” Willingham said on Instagram. “I’m proud to have been able to compete against the best for 18 years. It has been a blessing.”

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