A Rodeo Clown Is Recovering After Having His Face Crushed by a Bull in Decatur

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Hooter Boswell has been a bullfighter -- a rodeo clown for the uninitiated -- for more than 20 years, the past 15 of them on the circuit with the Big L Rodeo Company out of Oklahoma. In all that time, he'd managed to keep his face intact. Then came this weekend's Wise County Sheriff's Posse Rodeo in Decatur, where Boswell stepped between a thrown rider and a 2,000-pound bull.

"When he knocked Hooter down, Hooter was on his back. And when the bull ran across him, he planted one of his back feet right, straight in the middle of his face," rodeo organizaer Russell Stephens told Fox 4. "I've been down here 15 years and that was the worst accident that I have seen."

Boswell, 41, was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Big L has been posting updates on Boswell's condition on Facebook since the accident.

On Sunday morning, they reported that "the majority of the bones in his face are crushed and many, multiple surgeries lay ahead. By the afternoon, the nurse had eased his sedation, and he was responding to question by squeezing her hand and wiggling his toes. By Monday, he was asking for Rangers and Cowboys scores. He went in for surgery on Tuesday, but doctors were only able to repair the jaw before swelling forced them to abandon the procedure.

Later that day, he was awake and in good spirits.

Just got to see Hooter again. He is doing better than anyone could have imagined! He knows everyone and we are playing charades trying to communicate! He & Lisa are overwhelmed with the support and response from everyone! You can tell he has a chin tonight.

Boswell still has several surgeries and a long recovery in his future, the costs of which friends and family hope will be offset by the proceeds of a benefit scheduled for October in his hometown of Bridgeport, in Wise County.

Those who know him predict that Boswell's return to bullfighting is inevitable.

"It may not be this year. And it may not be next year," Big L's Dale Lyons told Fox 4, "but Hooter will be back."

Below, you'll find Fox 4's footage from the lead-up to Boswell's accident. They deemed the event itself "too graphic and disturbing" to show.

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26 comments
Yale Eliot Johnson
Yale Eliot Johnson

A rodeo clown is also known as a bullfighter, Adam, since their only job is distracting the bull from the guy getting off the bull. This isn't Spanish style bullfighting, which is straight up cruelty.

tdkisok
tdkisok

What's the last thing a redneck says before he dies? 

"Hey ya 'all!! Watch this!!"

mcdallas
mcdallas

Bullfighters are real athletes.  Amazing courage to jump into the fray to protect the cowboys.

ruddski
ruddski

Tuffy the clown is still banned because he made a anti-regime statement by wearing a mask of Dear Leader. Why don't y'all do a follow-up story on the dissident?

TexMarine
TexMarine

Where's the compelling "he needs healthcare" story? You're falling down on the job DO.

JustSaying
JustSaying

Just the name Hooter Boswell alone makes me want to go crack open a Budweiser and throw a dip of Copenhagen the size of a golf ball into my bottom lip.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Bullfighting and tractor pulls are on my list of things I'll never understand.

Blessed2013
Blessed2013

Just Saying.....I find it hard to reply to your comment in a serious manner. You want to judge him due to his nickname given to him by his rodeo family, as you are pictured in your profile sporting a mullet. I find it funny that you are so quick to judge an honorable man that you do not know based on stereotypes. What if I stereo typed you sir? Don't most mullet sporting men, live in trailer parks, wear wife beaters and drink beer from a funnel while watching NASCAR and sucking on the one tooth in your head?? NO, THAT'S A STEREOTYPE! I will not judge you based on your profile pic if you will not judge my loving, caring, selfless brother in law based on a nickname. God Bless and have a great day!

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@JustSaying ... and years on from now they'd be cutting huge chunks of your cancerous head off as a result of chewing that vile filth.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Having 6 cats is on my list of things I'll never understand.

JustSaying
JustSaying

@Blessed2013  Okay, first of all, I was not judging the guy at all. You can't possibly deny that his nickname sounds country. In fact, it sounds so country that it made me want to go fishing with some barley pops and a spit cup. That is in no way an insult to Hooter. In fact, I have never met a hooter that I didn't like.

Oh, and my profile pic is a character in a tv show. And his hair is outstanding.

JustSaying
JustSaying

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz ...says Myrna to every person that has ever gone down on her.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@Sharon_Moreanus A cat is a delightful animal.  Fluffy and beautiful, a mysterious and mischievous magical wonder.  What is there more to understand?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ruddski If a person is a pig like you, Cruddski, the house would stink with or without cats.

ruddski
ruddski

They shit and pee in a box in your HOUSE. And, you have to clean it up. Every day, or your house stinks. 'Nuff said.

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