Rope Myers Ready For Hall of Fame Induction

Rodeos are a tradition older than the state of Texas. Over the past two centuries legends have been born.

Rope Myers never thought his name would join them.

"You don't ever set out on a career to end in a hall of fame," Rope said. "You just set out on a career or a path to excellence."

On Thursday, Rope will be inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Born into the Myers rodeo tradition, Rope rose to fame as a steer wrestler.

"My dad started me on that path a long time ago," he said. "I was just fortunate that took me to a place that somebody recognized it."

Rope's fame grew in 2001, a year that started out with rope struggling to even qualify for nationals.

"Most people would have thought it would be smart for me to go home," he chuckled. Rope qualified and went on to become a world champion. He set the one year steer wrestling earnings record. In 2002, he won the gold medal at the Olympic Command Performance Rodeo.

"Throughout it, I felt like God continued to tell me to continue and move forward and keep doing what He asked me to do," Rope explained.

After international success and features in Sports Illustrated and Rolling Stone, Rope devoted his energy to another calling. He began working for the past four years at Sky Ranch. His goal is to teach kids about Christianity through working with animals.

"You take the focus off yourself and your needs to the horse and what they need and the animal and what they need. That's a good concept for Christian's to understand it's not about them it's about the father."

It is his work in and out of the arena that earned Rope his spot in the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.

"I'm looking forward to being a part of that group," he said.

Other inductees for the 2009 class include the late Jim Bob Altizer, actors Tommy Lee Jones and Barry Corbin, Tyler Magnus and Ken Welch.