By Keith Ryan Cartwright | Jul 24, 2012 @ 03:00 PM
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Two-time World Champion Chris
Shivers has confirmed that he'll return to competition in
Shivers, who announced earlier this year that he will retire at
the conclusion of the 2012 World Finals, missed the last seven
Built Ford Tough Series events after breaking his right collarbone
during the 15/15 Bucking Battle at an event in Albuquerque,
"I'm coming back in Tulsa," said Shivers, who's rode in 10 of
the first 19 events this season, "but I'm ready to be done. I've
had a long career and I've been fighting with it for a long time
now, and it just seems like I don't have the drive to just go get
on them suckers no more. When you lose that, it's time to stay home
or find something else to do."
Prior to the injury, he was enjoying one of his best statistical
seasons in recent memory.
He's covered 13 of 27 bulls. His 48.15-percent riding average is
the highest he been at since riding 54.39 percent of his bulls in
2008, and nearly two percentage points higher than his career
average of 46.86 percent.
In 10 events, he's recorded four Top-10 finishes and a pair of
Top-5 finishes, including an event win in Atlanta, the week after
making his initial retirement announcement.
"Before I had the broken collarbone, I was going to try and make
a run at it," he said.
Despite missing nearly half the events, Shivers is currently
ranked 22nd in the world standings and his $58,340 puts him 27th in
the qualifier standings.
This year would mark a record-breaking 15th appearance at the
However, Shivers is eyeing the one accomplishment that has
eluded one of the most celebrated bull riders in the history of the
PBR. He's yet to win the Finals event.
"I think a lot of people would like to see that, and I'm one of
them," he said. "It's going to be a goal at the Finals to something
that I've wanted to do for a long time, and that's win the Finals.
That's something I'm going to put my mind to."
The 33-year-old admitted that it's frustrating to have never won
the biggest event in bull riding.
"I was close," Shivers said. "I think I was second one time. I
don't know if it was something that I got so wound up to do that it
always just kind of fell between my hands. The times I go out there
and let it happen, it always just happens."
He was the first rider in history to earn $1 million, $2
million, $3 million and is third on the list of all-time money
earners with $3,916,279.33 (behind only Justin
McBride and Guilherme Marchi).
Shivers has posted the third-most career wins with 22, and his
record of 93 career rides of 90-points or more is double that of
anyone else in PBR history. Not to mention, he has another 60-plus
rides marked between 88 and 89.75 points.
"Before I had the broken collarbone, I was going
to try and make a run at it."
Shivers was the second rider - following Ross
Coleman - in PBR history to surpass 400 career qualified
rides and 800 career outs on the BFTS.
In addition to being a two-time World Champion - 2000 and 2003 -
he is also a two-time Touring Pro Division Champion, having won the
title in 1997 and again in 2000.
Going down the stretch - there are nine BFTS events remaining in
addition to the Finals - he said he feels fine and has completely
recovered from his most recent injury.
Earlier this summer, there was speculation that, perhaps,
Shivers would forego the nine regular-season events and return in
Las Vegas. He confirmed this last weekend that he'll be in Tulsa,
San Antonio and Thackerville, Okla. He then added, "It just depends
on how I feel and how things are going. I'm just going to play it
He explained that injuries are part of the sport and his recent
injury was never a cause for retirement. He said he's "become numb
to those injuries."
After retiring, Shivers is almost certain to be inducted into
the Ring of Honor in his first year of eligibility.
"I came in with a good name," he concluded, "and I'm (leaving)
with a good name."