Monty "Hawkeye" Henson

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Monty Henson, sometimes known as Hawkeye Henson (born October 1953), is a three-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) world champion saddle bronc rider.[1]

He was born in Farmersville near Dallas, Texas. He grew up with childhood friend, PRCA bull riding champion, and fellow hall of famer Don Gay.[2][3] During his rodeo career he won 3 world titles in 1975, 1976, and again in 1982. He won the average at the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) 4 times, and qualified for the NFR 14 times. He won or placed at almost every major rodeo in the US as well going to rodeos in Europe and Japan.

He was quoted as saying, "I’m a cowboy. That’s the best thing anybody could say about me. If I could have that on my tombstone – Here lies Hawkeye, a cowboy – then I can die a happy man." In 1994, he was inducted in the Prorodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[4] In 2002, Hawkeye was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame[5] located in the Fort Worth Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas. The museum features many of his personal items from his rodeo career. He has appeared in numerous television programs and films. In 2004, he was cast as Hawkeye in four episodes of the HBO series Deadwood alongside Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, and Molly Parker.[6] He is also a Country music entertainer and rodeo promoter.



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  2. ^ "Don Gay - Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame". Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  3. ^ Times, Special To The New York (1975-06-13). "The Casey Tibbs of Tomorrow". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Monty "Hawkeye" Henson - Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame". Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame | Fort Worth Texas". Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  6. ^ Monty 'Hawkeye' Henson on IMDb
  7. ^ "Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame Inductees". Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame: Past Inductees". Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Walk of Fame – Cowboy Capital of the World". Retrieved 25 May 2017.