By Tara Vreeland, The News On 6
TULSA, OK -- The toughest sport on earth is in town for the weekend. It's the world's rankest bulls versus the best riders at the BOK Center. But, that's not the only entertainment to be found on the arena floor. The Professional Bull Riders' entertainer is known for his singing, dancing, and comedy during the sport's rare slow spots.
Flint Rasmussen is a former school teacher from Montana turned funnyman. He's toured with the PBR for 11 years and says there is more to the PBR than most people expect.
"What I don't think people understand coming to a live show is the high energy. The pyrotechnics, the lighting, the music, rock and roll music, the comedy. The entertainment, the dancing by me," Flint Rasmussen told The News On 6 during an exclusive interview.
The PBR travels through most states, but Oklahoma is a favorite for Rasmussen and the riders.
"The Tulsa fans, they come from all over Oklahoma and there's a warmth there. It's kind of my kind of people, rural America," said Flint Rasmussen.
Rasmussen says his job is strictly entertainment. A common misconception is that rodeo clowns protect the cowboys. But, he says that's what the bullfighters do.
"I try to stay out of the way. They always joke please don't come help us because not only do we have to save the rider, but we have to save you and we don't want to do that," said Flint Rasmussen.
Rasmussen steers clear of the bulls, but it's a recent scare outside of the arena that has slowed him down, but only slightly.
"I had a heart attack while I was working out at my home. Had some procedures done. I was out for a little while and have come back slowly," said Flint Rasmussen.
The married father of two wears a heart rate monitor during shows, but says fans can expect the same enthusiastic performance out of him, just with a few breaks thrown in the mix.
"I feel really good actually. I just get tired easier. So, hopefully the fans will be okay with that and hopefully it will be as good as show as ever as long as it keeps ticking and I'm happy," said Flint Rasmussen.