Posted: Apr 11, 2013 10:53 AM by KBZK/KXLF Sports
Updated: Apr 11, 2013 11:18 AM
BOZEMAN - This week's Athlete of the Week was named the all-around cowboy at the 66th annual Montana State Spring Rodeo.
Montana State University senior Ty Erickson left the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse this past weekend with four championship belt buckles - one for steer wrestling, one for team roping, one for tie-down roping and one for being the all-around cowboy.
"Before this, I was telling people I wanted to win a Montana State belt buckle so bad, because I've been here three years previous and I've never won a buckle. So it was pretty special when I could win every event," Montana State's Erickson said.
"The sky is the limit for this kid. I've been coaching college rodeo 14 to 15 years and have had a whole bunch of NFR qualifiers. This is the best guy I've ever had," MSU rodeo coach Mike True said.
Erickson is a former Helena all-state basketball player.
"I've practiced a lot, all winter, all summer and a guy up in Choteau named Nick Stubblefield, he really helped me with my bulldogging and ever since I started working with him, I've really progressed so I owe a lot to that guy," Erickson said.
Erickson is constantly helping his teammates get better. He even hazes for his biggest rivals, helping them to beat him. Erickson can also be found helping children at clinics around the state.
"I love helping kids. I love seeing people progress and get better. That's an awesome feeling when you go out and teach someone how to do it and then you can just see them getting better and better, that's an awesome feeling," he said.
"I want to graduate this May from Montana State and get a degree first, and then next year, I want to turn into a true professional rodeo cowboy and try to make the national finals," Erickson added.