Rodeo legend returns to SOSU to show kids the ropes

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DURANT, OK - A rodeo superstar was in Durant on Thursday, coaching the next generation of cowboys on calf roping.

It's bulls and blood. It's dust and mud. And they call this man the eight-time world champion of rodeo.

Roy Cooper is a living rodeo legend. And on Thursday, he was back in his old stomping grounds with the SOSU Rodeo Team.

"Well, I mean, I went to school here, we won a couple of national championships here when I was in college," Cooper says.

Cooper went on to win eight world titles and the triple crown by capturing three rodeo championships in a single season. Today he's teaching calf roping to rodeo up and comers.

SOSU freshman Jake Dudley is inspired that Cooper, and his son Clint, started their roping careers here.

"Yeah, I mean, they started just like us out here just as bad as we did, so you just gotta work hard to get what you want."

And that's exactly what the Cooper's want the next generation of cowboys to understand.

"You gotta start somewhere, I mean, there's three or four kids over here that got some talent, you know, it's just according to what they go on with it and work at it."

"What you put into it is what you're going to get out of it, and the harder you work at it, and the more you want it, I believe you're going to get it," Clint Cooper says.

Perhaps a future legend just learned the ropes.

"You gotta learn from the best to be the best," Dudley said.

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