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2002/01/11

Lummus Credits Wife With Return by Kevin DeBusk The question in the pressroom at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo was, who is this guy, Bob Lummus, leading the steer wrestling. Lummus, a native of West Point, Mississippi, who now calls Folsom, Louisiana home, entered the Finals with a season earning s of $81,401.20 and career earnings of $200,281. "I've heard it since February," the thirty-five year old Lummus said. "I was last here in 1992 and after that went back home." Lummus then took time off to heal injuries and learned flying from his brothers Luke and David Lummus. "That's my love," he remarked. "I've got all my flying licenses; my private instrument, commercial and multi-engine." One of the injuries he referred to was an injury to his left ankle. However, two-years-ago Lummus married and rodeo reentered the picture. "I have to give it all to the family back at the house and my wife Kim," he stated. "She wanted me to return. This year has been exciting because she put a lot of fun back into it." Lummus admits the biggest change in eight years is the competition. "There are a lot of younger guys now but I love to compete," he commented. "The harder they try the harder I try. You can't play with these boys and stay on this level. That's why we've been to about a hundred rodeos this year." After taking some much time off, primarily competing in amateur events across the Southeast, Lummus had this to say about his success this year. "It's just a blessing from the good Lord." Lummus finished the Finals twelfth in the average and fourth overall.

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