Paul Tierney who is a ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductee, was named to the Omaha World Herald’s Nebraska 100 as one of the greatest athletes in the state’s history. Tierney won two world championships and qualified for the National Finals Rodeo 14 times.
Tierney was recognized for a career that has lasted more than 40 years and resulted in 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 Sand Hills Express of Broken Bow, Neb. “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, Neb., and grew up in Broken Bow. He was ranked 95th by the World Herald, the only rodeo star on a list that includes St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson, Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers and pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander. This is an impressive list to be associated with.