Coffee, the rock star of the rodeo clowns who makes a living looking at bulls, has delighted Rodeo Houston fans for 30 years.
HOUSTON. Leon Coffey has been one of the most recognizable faces of RodeoHouston over the past three decades. In honor of his 30th birthday, the legendary barrel hunter who makes a living by hunting bulls has been named Grand Marshal of the downtown rodeo parade.
Coffee, the rock star of the rodeo clowns, walks the fine line between danger and pleasure every night. This is a guy in a barrel trying to distract an angry bull after the rider is confused.
He’s had more than his share of close calls and broken bones, but Coffey loves his job.
“I treasure it. I cherish the days I have left in my career,” the Texas native told us back in 2013.
Coffee is a celebrity in the rodeo world, a member of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and PRCA Clown of the Year in 1983.
“Leon Coffey is an icon and a favorite of Rodeo fans as he turns 30 as our barrel and friend in 2023, making him the perfect candidate to lead our parade as Grand Marshal,” said Chris Boulman, President and CEO of Rodeo.
Rodeo parade on Saturday, February 25 at 10:00 am.
Career Leon Coffee
Luke Leon Coffee grew up around horses and rodeos. He competed in bull riding, bareback riding, bull wrestling, and calf tying.
After high school, the Texas cowboy served in the US Army for three years before embarking on a career as a bullfighter.
“His signature dance in front of an angry bull has earned him the nicknames ‘Disco Bullfighter’ and ‘Boogie Man’, according to the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.
Coffey has worked on the set of 8 Seconds, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, and Jericho.
He visits children’s hospitals and runs a small ranch in his spare time.
After he almost died from meningitis in 2013, Coffey began to think about his career. He knows he can’t do this forever, but he refuses to say when he will retire. It’s not his pride, but his faith.
“I’m going to tell you this: I never wanted to retire and leave because I feel like God gave me the ability to do two things: make people happy and help people,” Leon told us. .
As long as he can move, Leon Coffee will put on a rodeo and entertain the public. And it’s not a bull!