Jacobs Crawley achieved his major career goal of winning a world title last year in saddle bronc riding, and appears to be on his way to a second straight crown.
He is currently ranked No. 1 in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association standings — but he won’t feel crushed if he doesn’t finish first in 2016. He said by phone from Colorado that he went back to business as usual this year, enjoying the cowboy life.
Crawley has earned more than $928,000 in his career, so the 27-year-old Stephenville resident could surpass the $1 million mark soon. However, he said he is more focused on being a family man and his long-term destination than with temporary experiences along the way.
“Every day is fun out here. I’m married and I’m a Christian. I try to be the best man I can be and the best husband I can be,” said Crawley, whose younger brother, Sterling Crawley, also competes in PRCA bronc riding.
They have traveled together while competing on the tour for six years.
“He’s attached to my hip,” joked Jacobs, who taught his younger brother about bronc riding when he was growing up. “Now, he doesn’t need my help.”
Jacobs and his wife bought a home in Boerne so she can stay there, near her parents’ home, while he’s away on tour. He still has a place in Erath County, on the same property where Sterling resides.
Sterling is ranked near the top 10 in the bronc rankings, but Jacobs said they have “zero” rivalry between them. He said that would remain true even if his little brother were to overtake him in the standings.
Jacobs said he “would love nothing more than” seeing Sterling ranked No. 1 and himself at No. 2.
He admitted that winning the 2015 world title was “pretty special” for him, and might reflect more on the achievement in another 20 years.
“That deal snuck up on me,” said Jacobs, who was born in Ennis. “I never expected to have a world title at age 27. I knew it could happen. I just didn’t know it would.”
Jacobs said he feels the keys to his continued success is to say focused and take his job seriously.
He said that’s one key difference in the personalities of the two brothers.
“He wanted to have fun,” Jacobs said. “I’m more scheduled, planned. He’s more light-hearted.”