“He went from face down on top of the bull and did a back flip and hit his head on the ground,” Morris said. “You couldn’t have grabbed him by the ankles and slapped him on the ground any harder.”
Lukasey was going to join the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association upon turning 18 next month and begin chasing his dream of making the National Finals Rodeo. He planned to travel to rodeos with three-time NFR bull riding qualifier Ty Wallace, Morris said.
That plan is now on hold as Lukasey recovers. In the hospital, Lukasey told nurses he would ride bulls again. His father said time will tell.
“I feel like in my heart he probably will, but right now I am worried about my kid having a normal life,” said Morris, who retired from professional bull riding 20 years ago. “I am worried about other things rather than will he ride bulls again.”
In 1989, Morris became the first high school bull riding champion from Oklahoma since his friend and mentor, Lane Frost, won the title in 1981.
Morris grew up in Atoka and Frost was a 1982 graduate of Atoka High School. As a young teen in Atoka, Morris idolized Frost, who was the 1987 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world champion. Morris often went to Frost’s home to ride his bulls.
“He told me to come get on bulls any time. He tried to help me out,” Morris said. “I went over there twice a week most weeks.”
Morris celebrated his 1989 national high school championship on the same day that Frost was killed by a bull in the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. Frost was just 25 years old. Four years later, Morris earned his biggest victory as a pro in Cheyenne.