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July 16, 2013

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Six years later in 1997, he again broke his own NFR average record roping 10 head in 84 seconds, which has stood for 21 consecutive years through 2011 and is considered one of the greatest performances in the history of the NFR.

In 1999, Whitfield won rodeo's most prestigious award, the All-Around World Title along with the calf roping title. He became the first African-American to win the all-around title in the history of the PRCA. He also finished the season winning the Texas Circuit All-Around and calf roping title. 

Always cool under pressure, Whitfield has made a name for himself in Pro Rodeo by consistently coming through in clutch situations. His signature “raise the roof” salute caught on with fans across the country who have now grown accustomed to his dramatic victories. Befitting a cowboy of his stature, Whitfield has won titles at virtually every major rodeo, including four NFR average crowns. In July 2011, Whitfield became the third cowboy in PRCA history to cross the $3 million mark in career earnings. He surpassed the mark at the 115th edition of the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo. He continues to compete in the rodeo arena at a championship level and credits much of his success to his horses – Moon, Reno, Ernie, Gator and Jewels.

Fred resides in Hockley, Texas, with his wife, Cassie, and two daughters, Savannah and Sydney, who like their father are following their heart and competitive nature in sports.

Other Awards: Inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, 2003; inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo., 2004; inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame and honored into the National Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Okla., 2005.

JAMES BUTLER “WILD BILL” HICKOK (POSTHUMOUS INDUCTION)

James Butler Hickok, also known as "Wild Bill,” Hickok is remembered for his services in Kansas as Sheriff of Hays City and Marshal of Abilene, where his iron-handed rule helped tame two of the most lawless towns on the frontier. He is also remembered for the cards he was holding when he was shot dead – a pair of black aces and a pair of black eights – since known as the dead man's hand. 

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