Rob Smets

Bullfighter and TV commentator Rob Smets

Robert Edward "Rob" Smets, known professionally as The Kamikaze Kid, is a color commentator for the Professional Bull Riders tour and a former five-time Wrangler World Champion bullfighter.
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Bill's Roundup: Things to do This Weekend - Prescott eNews
Google News - over 6 years
Also featured will be announcer Rob Smets, a 5 time World Champion Bullfighter, World Champion Bullfighter Mike Matt and top ranked bullfighter Quirt Hunt. During yesterday's Q&A with Sandy Moss on KQNA, Frontier Days Manager JC Trujillo described how
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Rodeo returns to Marquette County - UpperMichigansSource.com
Google News - over 6 years
Sunday spectators could see team penning events, rodeo performance, as well as meet five-time world-champion bull fighter Rob Smets. "Our sport, just like any other major sport, has a basic set of fundamentals," Smets says
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Top riders saddle up in Bunnell - Daytona Beach News-Journal
Google News - almost 7 years
"This is the most dangerous sport in America," said announcer Rob Smets, five-time world-champion bullfighter from Abilene, Texas, and pro rodeo hall-of-famer. "Florida has quality bull riders." In fact, 23 of 24 riders were from Florida
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Bull riders compete at Flagler County Fairgrounds - Daytona Beach News-Journal
Google News - almost 7 years
"This is a tough ticket to beat," said announcer Rob Smets, five-time world-champion bullfighter from Abilene, Texas, and pro rodeo hall-of-famer. "These are a bunch of good bull riders. This event is for a good cause, to remember a wonderful young man
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FILM REVIEW; Until They Add Seat Belts, Bulls Remain a Rough Ride
NYTimes - over 11 years
Bull riders, those macho daredevils who try to last for eight seconds in the ring atop a bucking, spinning bull, wear their scars proudly. In John Hyams's documentary ''Rank,'' Adriano Moraes, already a two-time world champion, points to his various injured body parts. Bones in his shoulders, cheeks, nose and legs have been broken; his triceps
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rob Smets
    FIFTIES
  • 2010
    Age 50
    He also won the championship 5 times, a record.It was announced that Rob will be inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in April 2010.
  • FORTIES
  • 2006
    Age 46
    He retired from bullfighting in 2006, after breaking his neck for the third time.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1993
    Age 33
    Smets and his wife, Carla, married in 1993, and they have four daughters, Corey, Dylan, Josie, and Sammy.
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  • 1992
    Age 32
    During his bullfighting career, Smets was injured many times, including suffering a broken neck three times, in 1992, 1996, and 2006.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1981
    Age 21
    During the 19 years of the Wrangler Jeans World Bullfighting Championship from 1981–2000, Smets was a top-6 finisher 17 times.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Born
    Born in 1959.
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