How consistent is Todd Suhn?
He’s finished in the top 15, qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, 15 times in 16 years. The only year he
missed ProRodeo’s grand finale was 2006. Care to guess where he finished in the final world standings that year?
Yeah, he was 16th.
The string of qualifications started in 1996, just a few months removed from Suhn’s steer wrestling championship at the College National Finals Rodeo.
In speaking with fellow bulldogger Wade Sumpter recently, Suhn’s consistency became a topic of conversation. You see, there isn’t an athlete in any sport who hasn’t had a slump. The question for most is “How do you overcome that and remain one of the best?”
“Todd Suhn has made a living at the NFR, and you can’t tell me he hasn’t had slumps,” said Sumpter, a four-time NFR qualifier who finished 17th in the world standings this season. “You just learn to deal with that. You’re not going to win every time. Luke Branquinho and Dean Gorsuch win a lot, but if they didn’t go through slumps, they’d go to the NFR with $500,000 won every year.
“Slumps are part of the game, and you just have to learn to deal with them.”