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Tierney named one of Nebraska’s top athletes

ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductee Paul Tierney has been honored by the Omaha World Herald as one of the 100 greatest athletes in Nebraska’s history. Tierney was recognized for a career that has lasted more than 40 years and produced a tie-down roping world championship in 1979, an all-around gold buckle in 1980 and 14 trips to the National Finals Rodeo.

“Anytime you get recognized like that for achievements in life, it’s kind of like frosting on the cake,” Tierney told the SandHills Express of Broken Bow, NE. “In high school I had become a state champion in all-around and calf roping. I realized in my college years that if I made the sacrifices and applied myself, I could do this.”

Tierney was born in Kearney, NE, and grew up in Broken Bow. He was ranked 95th by the World Herald, the only rodeo star on a list that was headed by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson, Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers and pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander, who finished his career tied for third in career wins (373 for the Phillies, Cubs and Cardinals).