Trailblazing East Texan Rodeo Veteran Honored Again

He started as a rodeo clown. Now Crockett's Myrtis Dightman is a legitimate living legend of rodeo.

When Dightman started five decades ago, a black cowboy had never competed in the PRCA National Finals. He became the first, but not without hardship.

"I've been to rodeos where the police had to escort me," Dightman says. "They were afraid somebody would jump on me. I was in a lot of towns where people wouldn't give me a room, and I had to sleep in my car."

Dightman is a member of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, as well as the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall Of Fame. This year, he broke new ground again by being the first black bullrider to be chosen for the Bull Riders Ring of Honor

Now, Dightman is being honored in his home town. The city of Crockett will erect a life-size statue to him outside of Porth Arena.

"I just appreciate this," Dightman says. "It's a great honor."

Reid Kerr (rkerr@kltv.com) reporting.