Cowboy Diaries 2013: Wade Sumpter, a Footballer and a Hazer

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Wade Sumpter, Hazer
True cowboys are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will spotlight one person with enough dirt on his or her boots to call himself a cowboy -- or cowgirl -- and mean it.

Name: Wade Sumpter Age: 31 Hometown: Fowler, Colorado. Event: Hazing

Wait, what's hazing? It's iding along with the bulldogger, making sure the steer stays straight and true. This stuff's nerve-wracking -- you'd hate to screw up. You'd rather screw up on your own run than on somebody else's run.

I've been to RodeoHouston eight times now.

In college I played outside linebacker for the University of Northern Colorado.

My favorite part about Rodeo Houston is this building -- it's about five times bigger than anything we compete in.

When I'm not rodeoing, my wife and I have some cows at home, got a small alfalfa farm.

If I wasn't rodeoing, I'd like to stay home and take care of everything.

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