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Bull-riding legend Justin McBride to exit retirement for The American’s $1 million prize in Texas?

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Justin McBride and two friends.

Justin McBride at Lagasse's Stadium

Justin McBride at Lagasse's Stadium in the Palazzo on Oct. 20, 2010. Launch slideshow »

Two-Time PBR World Champion Justin McBride

Two-time Professional Bull Riders world champion Justin McBride. Launch slideshow »

Former UNLV student Justin McBride, who retired as a two-time Professional Bull Riders world champion and the highest money earner in the Western sports’ history and started a country music career, is back in the saddle again.

Justin attempted to ride his first bull over the weekend since giving up the sport in October 2008. He has begun prepping for the one-day rodeo event The American in conjunction with Iron Cowboy V at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, from March 1-2.

The total purse of $3.35 million over the two days makes the weekend the richest ever in Western sports history, with the winner receiving $1 million. Justin received a special exemption to compete against the young guns and some of his former PBR competitors in the bull-riding section of The American.

The Top 10 PBR bull riders, following the 2013 Built Ford Tough World Finals, and the six men who won qualifying positions will compete against Justin for the big-bucks payday.

Justin says he’s been bareback horse riding since only his retirement and had not attempted a bull until the past few days.

“It is rough,” he said, but after his first attempt, PBR Livestock Director Cody Lambert said, “He’s mentally and physically ready, and nobody there will know how to win better than he will.”

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