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J.B. Mauney, World Champion Bull Rider / PBR - The Players' Tribune

When you put your jeans on in the morning and grab your world champion buckle to hold your pants up, that’s what it’s all about. I’ve made a lot of money riding bulls, and I hope to make a lot more. But to me, it’s always been about the gold buckle.

There’s only been one other guy in PBR history to win back-to-back world titles. It’s not easy to do. So I try to forget last year and start off fresh. It’s easy to look back at what you’ve accomplished, but I want to look forward.

The new goal is to win another world title.

PBR's 10th Anniversary Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden at Madison Square Garden on Friday, January 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune)

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PBR's 10th Anniversary Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden at Madison Square Garden on Friday, January 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune)

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PBR's 10th Anniversary Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden at Madison Square Garden on Friday, January 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune)

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PBR's 10th Anniversary Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden at Madison Square Garden on Friday, January 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune)

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PBR's 10th Anniversary Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden at Madison Square Garden on Friday, January 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune)

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PBR's 10th Anniversary Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden at Madison Square Garden on Friday, January 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune)

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PBR's 10th Anniversary Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden at Madison Square Garden on Friday, January 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune)

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PBR's 10th Anniversary Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden at Madison Square Garden on Friday, January 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune)

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PBR's 10th Anniversary Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden at Madison Square Garden on Friday, January 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune)

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PBR's 10th Anniversary Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden at Madison Square Garden on Friday, January 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune)

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PBR's 10th Anniversary Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden at Madison Square Garden on Friday, January 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune)

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PBR's 10th Anniversary Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden at Madison Square Garden on Friday, January 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune)

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PBR's 10th Anniversary Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden at Madison Square Garden on Friday, January 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune)

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