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Incredible Video Highlights of Joe Beaver, Cherokee Rodeo Champion

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On Friday we shared the incredible story of Cherokee Rodeo champion Joe Beaver's commitment to do for fighting diabetes what Susan G. Koman foundation has done to fight breast cancer.

Beaver, a Texan of Cherokee descent, began roping goats as a kid before graduating to open calf roping at age 15, eventually earning his reputation as an 8-time World Champion All Around rodeo cowboy. Today he conducts roping schools and does sports broadcasting for the George Strait Team Roping Classic and the Indian National Finals Rodeo.

Today we thought we'd share with you a few video highlights from Joe's incredible career on the rodeo circuit.

Here's Joe in a rodeo championship in Caldwell, Idaho in 2003:

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Joe in Redding, California, making unbelievably short work of his round:

Two runs, and wins, for Joe in Las Vegas in the PRCA Summer Tour:

A young Joe Beaver, already quickly becoming a legend, in the 1987 Rodeo Finals calf roping competition: